The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, on Thursday in Katsina inaugurated the country’s first operational border patrol base established by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).
The base, sited at Mazanya community in Jibiya Local Government Area bordering Niger Republic, is part of measures by the NIS to effectively police the country’s expansive borders.
Represented by Mr Mohammed Umar, the Permanent Secretary in his ministry, Dambazau said the facility would add impetus to the nation’s fight against irregular migration and cross-border criminality.
The minister stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was working on all fronts to ensure internal security, with effective border policing as one of the priority areas.
While lauding the NIS for the initiative, Dambazau urged officers who would man the bases and other border patrol units to continuously show awareness of their role.
He stressed the need for them to work closely with other security agencies especially in the area of information sharing and joint operations along the border where necessary.
The Comptroller General of Immigration, Mr Muhammad Babandede, said the project was a demonstration of the agencys commitment to effective patrol and monitoring of the nations lengthy borders to control irregular migration.