Cross-Border Crimes: Interior Minister Asks NIS To Improve Service Delivery

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The Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahman Dambazau has urged the Nigeria Immigration Service to improve on its service delivery.

General Dambazau said that it was important for the NIS operations to be improved if the service is to effectively play its expected role in tackling trans-border crimes in the country.

The minister, who spoke at the foundation laying ceremony of the NIS technology building in Abuja, explained that there are many dimensions to tackling crime.

“It is not just the construction of the building but what happens after the construction. All these efforts are geared towards ensuring that we give the best services to Nigerians,” he said.

“As you are all aware, Nigerian Immigration Service is saddled with the responsibility of border management and security. And this is very important especially now that the world has challenges in terms of trans-border criminal activities including terrorism.

“We must ensure that we make the best out of it. It is an opportunity to bring all the data with different service providers.”

FG Declares Tuesday, Wednesday Public Holidays For Eid-El-Kabir

FG Declares Friday, Monday Public Holidays To Mark Eid-El-Fitr
Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau


The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, August 21, and Wednesday, August 22, as public holidays for the celebration the 2018 Eid-el-Kabir.

Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Dambazau announced the decision on Thursday, a statement by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mohammed Umar, said.

The minister wished Nigerians a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration and urged them to embrace the virtues of love and sacrifice for the unity and development of the country.

He also called on Nigerians to support the Federal Government as it is determined to foster peace and unity in the country.

Boko Haram Has No Territorial Hold Anywhere In Nigeria – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari has once again said the terrorist group Boko Haram has been degraded and is no longer in control of any part of Nigeria.

The President said this in Abuja, the nation’s capital, on Thursday at the 2018 World Congress of the International Press Institute, which had the theme ‘Why Good Journalism Matters’.

Addressing participants at the Congress which he attended with ministers and other top government officials, the President observed that the event is taking place during a tough period for the world.

“Your annual congress is holding in Nigeria during a period of global terrorism. Nigeria experiences that scourge through Boko Haram which has been technically degraded and has no territorial hold anywhere anymore in its North-East operational base,” he said.

After years of battling Boko Haram insurgents in the North East, the Federal Government has limited the attacks which extended to the nation’s capital at the height of the insurgency.

Beyond informing participants about the current state of the war against insurgency in the country, the President provided an update on recent developments in the North East.

“Internally displaced persons are gradually returning to their communities in reasonable safety and security,” he said.

Border Security

Government officials, including President Buhari, had partly blamed the influx of firearms into the country and the strength of Boko Haram during the peak of the insurgency to the Libyan crisis.

As a result, the Buhari administration which came to power promising to tackle security, fight corruption and boost the economy had taken some steps to tighten security around the border, including partnering with neighbouring countries.

The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, who was also at the Congress, defended the government’s performance in tackling security challenges.

Although he said, there is still much to do as Nigeria cannot guarantee security along the borders on its own, the minister rated the efforts so far made by government excellent.

When asked to rate the performance of the Federal Government in checking Nigeria’s porous borders on a scale of one to 10, the minister rated the government a 10.

Dambazau said, “This is a difficult thing you are giving me because when you are talking about border security and management it involves so many things. That is one.

“Secondly, from what I have said, it isn’t something that is left to Nigeria alone. It is a regional problem that we are working very closely with our neighbouring countries on.

“In our own efforts, I will tell you 10/10.”

Dambazau Rates FG’s Performance In Tackling Border Security Challenges 10/10

Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau


The Minister of Interior, Mr Abdulrahman Dambazau, has defended the Federal Government’s efforts in providing security at Nigeria’s borders.

Dambazau, a retired Lieutenant General and former Chief of Army Staff, spoke about the country’s security situation and borders during the 2018 World Congress of the International Press Institute (IPI), in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Thursday.

He spoke during a session entitled ‘Conversation with the Government of Nigeria’ and moderated by the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh.

When asked to rate the performance of the Federal Government in checking Nigeria’s porous borders on a scale of one to 10, the minister rated the government a 10.

He said, “This is a difficult thing you are giving me because when you are talking about border security and management it involves so many things. That is one.

“Secondly, from what I have said, it isn’t something that is left to Nigeria alone. It is a regional problem that we are working very closely with our neighbouring countries on.

“In our own efforts, I will tell you 10/10.”

Lack of adequate security at the borders has been blamed for many of the security challenges in the country, including the influx of firearms, smuggling as well as the emergence of killer herdsmen.

Government officials and President Muhammadu Buhari have all blamed the killings in several parts of the country on the influx of firearms from Libya.

The minister explained that the Federal Government took a lot of steps to provide security at the borders because it is very concerned by the security of the nation’s borders.

“A lot of efforts have been made to ensure that we have effective relationships both at the bilateral and multilateral levels to ensure that we do not accept the breach of border security.

“Because of the porousness of our borders, this government when it came (into power) was able to provide lots of logistics to the immigration department so that it can enhance its mobility to cover the border.”

He, however, conceded that because the borders are extensive, they cannot be protected by just providing more vehicles.

Consequently, the government is also collaborating with international organisations and regional governments and blocs to tackle the problem, especially that of migration.

Also, the minister said the government is using technology to tackle the security situation at the borders.

Another initiative is the decision to turn to border communities for help. But this has faced some difficulties, according to the minister, who cited an example of the chiefs of two border communities – one in Niger and the other in Nigeria – who were brothers and were uninterested in talking about borders or securing them.

The minister pointed that out that in tackling security challenges at the borders it was important to remember “the 1994 UN Human Development Report which has redefined security from the traditional perspective from territorial integrity to the issue of human security”.

He, however, said, “With the security threat of terrorism, particularly what we have in the North East, with the kind of weapons that are trickling in from areas like Libya and Mali, we need to do a lot more to reinforce our borders and this is precisely what the government is doing.”

Other ministers who participated in the session are the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; and Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Okechukwu Enelemah.


Buhari, Emefiele, Dambazau At Food Security Council Meeting


President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with the Food Security Council at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The council which had in attendance the Governor of the Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele, Minister of Interior, Albdulrahman Dambazau, amongst other promised to step up operations in ensuring a secure environment, where efforts by states towards food security in Nigeria will yield the desired results.

FG Will Not Condone Further Attacks By Herdsmen, Says Dambazau

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The Federal Government has assured Nigerians in all parts of the country that it will not condone further attacks by herdsmen.

Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), gave the assurance on Monday at a meeting with some state governors in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He told the governors that President Muhammadu Buhari remains committed to ensuring peace in every part of the country.

State governors present include Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Abubakar Bello (Niger), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Darius Ishaku (Taraba), and Mohammad Jibrilla (Adamawa) among others.

Also in attendance were the Inspector-General of Police, Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, representative of the Department of State Services and Commissioners of Police from the five states who were later joined by the Nasarawa State governor, Tanko Al-Makura.

The Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, who was also at the meeting, expressed worry about the increasing clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

He, however, blamed criminally minded persons for taking the advantage of conflicts between farmers and herdsmen to cause mayhem in the country.

Mr Ogbeh also faulted the past administration for having done nothing to protect the interest of herdsmen.

He further revealed the Federal Government’s plan to establish cattle colonies to be protected by cattle rangers, as well as provide water, pasture and security for such colonies.

Governors Ortom and his Taraba counterpart, Darius Ishaku, however, declared that ranching of livestock remains the best option for Nigeria.

The Governors who addressed the press after a closed door meeting with the Minister of Interior and other security chiefs appealed to Nigerians to remain law-abiding as the government remains committed to the security of all residents.

Democracy Day: FG Declares Monday Public Holiday

prisonThe Federal Government has declared Monday, May 29, as a public holiday to mark Democracy Day.

The Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd) made the declaration, a statement by Director Overseeing the Office of the
Permanent Secretary, Muhammadu Maccido, said.

Dambazau congratulated Nigerians and assured them that government would continue to make efforts to guaranty their safety.

According to him, guaranteeing security, revitalising the economy, and tackling corruption are the three main focus areas of administration of President Muhammedu Buhari.

“While a lot has been achieved in the area of security, particularly in the northeast, and in tackling corruption, recent statistics released by the National Bureau of Statistics have shown tremendous improvement of the country’s GDP,” the statement read in part.

“No doubt, the nation is closer to getting out of recession, particularly with the recently launched Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), which seeks to revitalise the nation’s economy soonest.”

It added that with the recently signed Executive Orders on Ease of Doing Business, the country’s doors have been opened wider for both domestic and foreign investors.