INSECURITY: PRESIDENT BUHARI ORDERS IMMIGRATION TO TIGHTEN SECURITY AROUND NIGERIA'S BORDERS
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Nigeria Immigration Service to tighten and improve security around the nation's borders to prevent criminal elements from making the country a safe haven for criminals to perpetuate their nefarious activities.
Buhari disclosed this in his speech at the virtual Commissioning Ceremony of the Nigeria Immigration Service Technology Building.
The President also urged the NIS to collaborate with international Security Organisations like INTERPOL to safeguard the borders.
The President's speech and s coming on the heels of rising insecurity and banditry across the country.
Report indicates that some of the criminal elements are foreigners who took advantage of the country's porous border.
Below are excerpts from President Buhari's speech.
“It is imperative that our ranking in the Global Security Index improves and I am using this medium to call on all security agencies to step up their activities towards achieving this goal. I assure you that the administration will give much-needed support to you in your operations.
“As a security agency, I charge you to be relentless in carrying out your statutory duties of keeping our borders safe while you ensure that criminal elements don’t find Nigeria as a safe haven to hide and perpetuate their criminality.
“I urge you to actively collaborate with International Security Organizations like the INTERPOL, in safeguarding our borders. Remember that a safe border is a prerequisite for a safe Nation.
“You must develop strong working relationships and ties with the international community and friendly nations as it relates to migration management; adopt and implement workable strategies from them while also sharing your best practices.
“Frontline workers and operators should remember that they are our windows to the world. They must show the best face of Nigeria at all times.’’