NIS Comptroller General, Mr. David Parradang
•To increase northern border patrol
•Parades officer for job racketeering
Senator Iroegbu and Adedayo Akinwale
As part of its effort to improve internal monitoring and to fortify security in the country, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) said plans were underway to register all foreigners in order to ascertain the number of aliens in the country.
This was disclosed yThursday by the NIS Comptroller General, Mr. David Parradang, during his maiden press conference in Abuja.
Parradang said the registration would take place in every local government area in the country soon, but did not state when.
He noted that while NIS respects the rights of everybody, it needed the information of foreigners in the country to build a virile nation.
"Knowing who your neighbour is means that we want to be accountable to foreigners in Nigeria," he said.
The NIS boss explained that foreigners, who were legally residing in the country should be monitored, adding that this was part of the effective monitoring mechanism intended to be put in place through the use of modern technology to enhance internal patrol.
He said: "If we have been doing boarder patrol and the result we are having is what we are getting now, that means we have not been doing enough.
"The attack on officers on patrol in Jigawa State would not deter us in anyway, and we would work with other security agencies to deliver a better security and make the country more secured."
Parradang emphasised that patrol posts would be increased by 30 per cent in the North-eastern part of the country to fortify the border and increase the security, adding that more personnel would be deployed to the place too for boarder patrol.
He stressed that the service wants to ensure that a good template was being put in place to ensure an open and transparent recruitment exercise as the service wants to recruit the best that would key into the agenda of the service.
NIS also paraded two suspects who were responsible for job recruitment scam in the service, having deceived many people and defrauded them of their money.
While parading the two suspects, the Provost Marshal and Assistant Comptroller General Immigration, Mr. George Didel, said one of the suspects was a serving officer of NIS, an Assistant Inspector of Immigration named Andy Otache Oibi.
Didel said the suspect collaborated with one Mr. Price Attai Adagwu to dupe people, deceiving them that he would get them employment in the service.
He said: "Both suspects issued out fake appointment letters to people and they charge between N150, 000 and N250, 000, with Adagwu traced to Nyanya under-bridge where he was apprehended.
"Meanwhile, both of them have been charged with extortion and bribery, while Oibi who joined the service in September 2009 had been dismissed with immediately."
Despite that fact the one of the suspects, Adagwu, admitted that he was working with Oibi and blamed the devil for the act, Oibi had, however, denied his involvement in the act but admitted he knew Adagwu as a community friend.