Thrilled by the additional newly commissioned twenty eight (28) operational vehicles for the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the Comptroller General, Muhammad Babandede, has promised to adopt intensive border patrol tactics to deal with security threats bedeviling the country.
The Immigration boss vowed to introduce a system that will not only be of benefit to the Nigerian system but be of cost effective so as to sustain the project.
He stated this in Abuja during the official commissioning of twenty eight (28) newly established combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card (CERPAC), production centres as well as twenty eight (28) operational vehicles meant for the service
The centres which are aimed at automating the operations of Nigerian Immigration service (NIS) are also expected to boost their productivity and adequacy as it concerns issuance of Residence Permits to expatriates (RPE).
Babandede said the move is to ensure strict monitoring and effective control of migrants who come in and out the country especially as it concerns internal security.
His words, ‘‘it takes more than goodwill to patrol our borders, we need equipment, we need training and we need the cooperation of our partners. I can assure you that we have already started the process of ensuring improved border patrols. We have started specialised training for our officers and we are also equipping them with patrol vehicles and other gadgets needed for surveillance.’’
He said that he was also studying the proposal on the use of the e-border system in the country, which entails the deployment of technology and surveillance across the borders.
He however stressed the need to adopt a cost effective system that will fit to the Nigerian system so as to sustain the project. ‘‘You cannot talk about some sophisticated surveillance equipment at the borders when you don’t have the well trained personnel and patrol vehicles to even apprehend the culprits,’’ he said.
Fielding questions on its relationship with sister security outfits, the CG said, the NIS was working with the Nigeria Police Force and INTERPOL, so as to have access to the International Police (INTERPOL) I-24/7 database portal.
According to him, if this is facilitated, the success in the current war against terrorism and other organised crimes in the country will be applauded.