The Nigeria Immigration Service, Katsina State Command, has denied no fewer than 1,203 non-Nigerians admission into the country, stopped 411 Nigerians from leaving the country without valid travel documents and repatriated 729 irregular migrants this year. The Comptroller of Immigration in the Command, Joshua Ajisase, made this disclosure yesterday at the commissioning of the Forward Operation Border Patrol Base at Mazanya –Jibia in the state by the minister of Interior, Lt. Gen, Abdurrahman Bello Dambazzau (rtd) who was represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Dr. Bello Mohammed Umar. Ajisase said the command also intercepted 10 suspected human traffickers, rescued 162 victims of human trafficking, impounded 436 voters’ card and 192 National Identification slips from non-Nigerians.
“The command was able to curtail the influx of irregular immigrants with the help of Border Corps Officers deployed to man some of the illegal routes and the establishment of two hinterland checkpoints at Charanchi and Kankara highways in the state,” he stated. He said the border state with approximately 203.5km borderline with Niger Republic has a total of 1035 immigration officers and men thus making it the most populous command in the country in terms of manpower.
Commissioning the Mazanya-Jibia Border Patrol Base, the minister of Interior, Lt. Gen, Abdurrahman Bello Dambazzau (rtd) said the immigration service has established five Border Patrol Bases to effectively deter irregular migration, trans-border crimes, proliferation of small arms and light weapons, terrorism and smuggling of goods into the country. The minister, who said the bases are only the pilot phases and will be replicated in other parts of the country, was optimistic that the innovation would further increase the capacity of the immigration service to secure the nation’s wide borderline with neigbouring countries in view of prevailing security challenges. In his remarks, the Comptroller General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, said the location of bases in Katsina, Ogun, Jigawa, Oyo and Lagos states is strategic and designed to extend command and control for border patrol units and to provide support for immigration operations.
According to him, they would “enhance coordination and provide operational and logistical support to border patrol units and also boost the confidence of the populace.”
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