By: PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The Deputy Comptroller of Immigration, Nigeria Immigration Service, Akwa Ibom Command, Mr. Ijegwa Onobu has suggested that integrating Border Security into the National Security with increased funding would check border crimes.
Onobu said this in his paper titled, “Border Management and the Challenges of Transitional Organised Crimes” during in-house training for Officers and Men of the Command in Uyo on Thursday.
The Deputy Comptroller who noted that border communities were least developed also said that coordinated development of border communities would reduce border crime and hostilities across the country.
According to him, lack of development of border communities by successive governments has made youths hostile and the area, crime prone. He stressed that border communities should be in the front-burner of development.
“Border communities have a long history of neglect by successive governments. This tends to make border communities hostile to government and security operatives,” Onobu said.
Onobu stressed the need for proper and capacity building and regular training for border operatives to equip them on the modern technology of border control in the country.
“Border are managed to achieve an appropriate balance between the prevention of illegal entry of persons goods and services into the country as well as ensuring the unhampered flow of legal trade and labour for economic growth and security,” he said.
He said that transitional organised crime is growing globally and is threatening the security and the economic development of nations.
He called for the strengthening of joint patrol among operatives of neighbouring countries as part of measures to check border crimes.
He charged officers and men of the command to control the borders as borders were becoming more and more active with possibility of further expanding the economy and creating opportunities for better life for citizenry.
Onobu warned that if special attention was not given to better border management and security issues, the country will run the risk of becoming victims of threats posed by transitional organised crimes.
In his remarks, the Comptroller of Nigeria Immigration Service, Akwa Ibom command, Mr. Livingstone Amadi, said that the training was organized to keep the officers and men abreast of the latest information of the service.
Amadi said that the world was no longer safe due to issues of international crime and terrorism, advising immigration officers to sit up.
He advised against inter rivalry among sister security agencies in the state to check border crimes to properly secured the border.