To check the incessant attacks by members of the Islamist State, which is dominated by foreigners, the federal government has settled for the use of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) biometric identity card.

The minister of Interior, Lt-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), described the move as part of the government efforts to curb the influx of foreigners into Nigeria.

Dambazau made the disclosure yesterday in Abuja when he hosted to participants of Executive Intelligence Management Course (EIMC) 12 of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Bwari, Abuja.

He explained that ECOWAS’ free movement protocol would be accompanied by passports and proper documentation, adding that a concession agreement with Euphoria Press Ltd on the implementation of the ECOWAS Biometric Identity Card may be signed today.

The minister said that the document would be officially launched in three months after which nobody would cross the Nigerian border without ECOWAS Biometric Identity Card.

Dambazau said that this was part of the security arrangements the federal government had initiated to address border security issues in the country.

Describing the biometric identity card as a prominent feature in ECOWAS summit last December, Dambazau declared that “nobody can cross our borders without the ECOWAS Identity Card; these are some of the security arrangements Nigeria is making to address border security issues.”