Border Closure: Immigration Boss Seeks Synergy among Sister Security Agencies

Onuminya Innocent in Sokoto

The acting Controller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mrs. Caroline Adepoju yesterday visited Illela border in Sokoto State on assessment tour.

Addressing journalists during the tour, Adepoju said she came to the border to see the level of compliance with the presidential directive.

She explained that following the recent happening in the neighbouring Niger Republic, President Ahmed Bola Tinubu has directed them to close Nigeria border with Niger Republic.

While addressing different security agencies at the border, the NIS boss called for synergy between Nigeria Immigration Service and other sister security and paramilitary agencies.

She also sought the support of the traditional leaders and border communities, stressing that the pain of border closure is momentary.

Adepoju maintained that what the president did was at the best interest of Nigerians, saying the political turmoil in Niger Republic may pose security danger to Nigeria if not checked.

According to her, “We know the action will affect regional trade between Nigeria and Niger Republic, but we have to bear it for now since business cannot thrive in a chaotic environment.

She urged her operatives to be vigilant and diligent while discharging their duties, adding that the compliance should be total.

Adepoju also visited the officers that were attacked by bandits while on duty at Illela border at the Usman DanFodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto.

Speaking at the hospital, she prayed for their quick recovery, stressing that the bandits have already lost the battle.

She said: “Let me tell you that we will take the battle to the bandits’ door steps; as they touched the Nigeria Immigration Service, they will not go free.”

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