· Commissioned 5th Immigration Border Corps and Rapid Response Squad
The desire of the Honourable Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Rtd), to reposition the Nigeria Immigration Service to effectively secure the nation’s expansive borders has received great attention with the commissioning of the 5th Border Corps of the Nigeria Immigration Service and a Rapid Response Squad at the Immigration training school in Kano State.
About five hundred Immigration Officers, comprising Sector Commanders, Border Corps and Rapid Response Squad personnel as well as drivers successfully completed the rigorous course. While admonishing the officers on the need to imbibe the highest professional conduct, the Minister equally used the opportunity to reassure Nigerians of government’s determination to effectively police the nation’s borders as parts of measures to addressing some of the security challenges in the country.
He said the newly trained officers would augment the existing border corps, which would be supported by the Immigration Air Border Patrol, when the surveillance aircraft are completely refurbished. The Honourable Minister further posited that this initiative will assist in effectively securing the nation’s borders by profiling movements of persons in and around the borders, check illegal migration, smuggling of small and light weapons and ultimately create better internal security outlook needed for inflow of foreign direct investment and economic buoyancy.
Also speaking at the ceremony, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service Mr Mohammed Babandede used
the occasion to thank the German International Cooperation and other foreign donors for their immense contribution towards the success of the training program. He also reassured Nigerians of his determination to deploy the available manpower and logistics to ensure maximum security at the nation’s borders and also compliment other security agencies in internal security operations.
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