In order to check the security challenge posed by Boko Haram/ Herders, Nigeria and the Republic of Niger have agreed to immediate take off of the joint border patrols along the border between the two countries to stem the tide of migration.
The understanding to enhance border security in line with ECOWAS Protocol on Free Movement of Persons was reached Friday, during a high level meeting between the Comptroller General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede and the visiting Nigerien Minister of Interior, Mr. Soly Amaodou, in Abuja.
The two top officials expressed worries over the danger of terrorism in the region and emphasised the need to jointly tackle the security challenge in the sub region which is a big threat to peace and stability in the West African sub-region
The agreement which was contained in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the service, Deputy Comptroller of Immigration, (DCI), Sunday James explained that when operational, it would allow border security agents of both countries to work jointly at common border points flanks as well as help to mitigate irregular migration.
The statement also revealed that the understanding will also “allow for joint deployment of Border officials of both countries to specific irregular Routes/Points in both countries to ensure that irregular migrants are discouraged from embarking on hazardous journeys through the Sahara Desert and Mediterranean Sea”
Its reads partly, “this understanding will create a platform for sensitisation of citizens of both countries on the need for them to always posses valid travel documents and avoid the use of irregular routes when crossing national frontiers in line with ECOWAS Protocol.
The statement further disclosed that “the partnership is part of efforts by the two two neighbouring countries to combat the increasing cases of irregular migration of youths of both countries which unfortunately has led to the death of many along the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean corridors.
Its indicated that the Nigerien Minister of Interior was accompanied by Mr. Bizo Ibrahim and Mahamar L Garba as well as Mr. Issaakou Abdou of the Nigerien Embassy in Nigeria.
They came to Nigeria to examine our National Migration Policy for possible lessons in their ongoing effort at producing theirs. The statement concluded”.