By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Mr Muhammad Babandede, on Thursday inaugurated Forward Operation Base (FOB) to enhance border security in Akwa Ibom State.
Babandede during the inauguration of the Base in Afaha Offiong in Nsit Ibom Local Government Area near Uyo, said the base would take care of border area within the axis to checkmate illegal immigrants.
He said the border must be fully secured to avoid influx of unknown persons that might undermine the security of the country.
The comptroller general said that immigration service has been able to effectively man the borders to make sure that undesirable elements were tracked.
“The Nigeria Immigration Service do not only service our borders but also monitor what happens within.
“Our borders to some extent are porous and there are undesirable elements that will want to pass through the borders but the immigration officers are able to track them,” he said.
Babandede, who spoke against the backdrop of fake recruitment in the service, warned the public to be wary ofrecruitment fraudsters who were manipulating the social media to deceive innocent people.
He emphasised that recruitment into the Nigeria Immigration Service was not for sale.
The comptroller general, who was responding to request for employment by the paramount ruler of Nsit Ibom LGA, Dr Manasseh Akpan, during the inauguration of the base.
“I assure you that we will continue to do our job as according to Law.
“The issue of recruitment is very contentious. Local Government Chairman and Paramount Ruler, I assure you that there is fake Recruitment going on not only in immigration, in all security agencies, you will see a lot of fake website.
“The social media is a good tool, but it is a great opportunity for criminals to do a lot of things.
“That is why we recommend as Law enforcement, that there should be something, to sanction the social media
“We have arrested many people including our officers, who claimed to be selling recruitment and we hand over them to the ICPC.
“So, there is no recruitment, recruitment is not for sale,” he said.
He commended the President Muhammadu Buhari for investment in security, adding that there was no government that has ever invested in the security than the present administration.
In his remarks, Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom commended the Immigration Service for proper monitoring of the country’s borders.
Emmanuel, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, said that even though the borders were porous, the NIS has been able to effectively man the borders.
The governor applauded the synergy among security agencies in the state, stressing that whoever was a criminal would pose a threat to army, the police, Immigration and other security agencies.
He called on continuous synergy among all security agencies for proper information sharing to nib crimes in the bud.
He commended the comptroller general of Immigration for instituting an ICT based platform, that creates online and realtime synergies in order to ensure rapid response on the part of relevant agencies.
“This means that Immigration Service is not an analogue service because there is one thing about security.
“The longer the time when the crime is committed and when the perpetrators are picked, the worse for the society. But better the time when the crime that is being contemplated to be committed is proactively arrested,” Emmanuel said.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, Akwa Ibom Comptroller of NIS, Mr Kolawole Amao, said the facility was not only contemporary, but also a tonic for officers and men for efficient service delivery.
He said the FOB was equipped with three units fully furnished porta carbins/quarters with air conditioners for senior officers and five units fully furnished porta cabins for junior officers.
“This facilities is therefore not only contemporary, but also a tonic for officers and men, for efficient service delivery,” Amao said.