Nigeria, Niger, France, UK Pull Forces To Tackle Cross Border Crimes
Those criminals that are coming into Nigeria from the nation's porous borders are in trouble.
President Muhammadu Buhari has on several occasions said the criminals troubling the peace of some states in Nigeria were not Nigerians but foreigners who gained access into the nation through the porous borders of the most populous nation in Africa.
Some even come from as far as Libya with guns they got after the crisis that brought down the former leader, Muammar Gaddafi.
But there is a chance that this nefarious infiltration will soon be a thing of the past, as the Nigerian government has entered into a new partnership with the governments of Niger Republic, France and the United Kingdom on tackle these cross border crimes.
The new agreement was announced by the Minister of Interior, Lt General (Rtd), Abdulrahman Dambazau, in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said the proposal was a fallout of a sideline meeting of the four countries at the Regional Conference on Anti-human Trafficking/Smuggling of Migrants held in Niamey, in Niger Republic on June 18 and 19, 2018.
According to the Interior Minister, the partnership was initiated by the United Kingdom and France to strengthen collaboration with Nigeria and Niger Republic in the area of border management, intelligence sharing and legal cooperation.
General Damabazau added that the partnership would strengthen cooperation among security agencies of the four countries in combating human trafficking, drugs peddling, illicit arms proliferation and terrorism.
It will also deliver on its objectives within the duration of 12-36 months.
Nigeria has been in partnership with Niger and some other nations bordering it in the east and west in its fight to end terrorism that have left some communities in the northeast in ruins, with many abductions recorded.
The latest major abduction of some school girls in Dapchi, Yobe State, has remained an issue of discussion in the last few days, after the release of an audio of a girl that has been held back by a faction of the Boko Haram that took them away.
In the audio, Leah Sharibu was asking for more efforts to be put into rescuing her.
"Pity me," she said.
But the presidency has said that 'only God can tell when Leah would return' to her parents who have been in pains since she was taken in February.
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