Nigeria Boosts Porous Borders Security
The Nigerian government says it will deploy more security personnel, border patrol vehicles and technological gadgets to boost security at the nation’s porous borders.
A top government official said the plan was to make border control meet international standards.
It was the passing out parade of 456 border patrol corps, officers and drivers at the Nigeria Immigration Service's Training School in Kano and the Minister of Interior, retired Lieutenant-General Abdulrahman Dambazau, was there.
He said they would be immediately deployed to strategic border posts to beef up security.
Several illegal and criminal activities take place in Nigeria’s porous border, from smuggling of rice, influx of Boko Haram terrorists, herdsmen carrying arms to smuggling of arms.
Issues have been raised on the need to improve monitoring especially at a time the nation is battling to contain terrorists’ activities in northeast region, smuggling of rice in southwest and influx of arms.
“What we are doing now is to resuscitate the border patrol. This informed this training that they have just completed.
“The next step is to ensure we revive the aircraft and other equipment because these things cannot be done manually. We need technology to do that,” he said.
The Minister further asked the trained personnel to be diligent and professional in the discharge of their duties.
To boost their patrol activities, 160 border patrol vehicles were presented to the service which would be deplored to various border posts to ensure better surveillance and curtail the activities of terrorists and illegal migrants.