By Faith Awa Maji, Katsina
THE Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and Katsina State traditional institutions have agreed to work together toward divulging and subsequent prosecution of illegal migrants both within and outside Nigeria’s border communities.
The NIS Comptroller General, Muhammad Babandede who was on Katsina State’s wide tour of immigration formations, was at the palace of the Emir of Katsina, Dr. Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, says, as critical as the traditional institution in nation’s building, hence has a vital role to play in espousing and curbing illegal migration and insecurity.
According to him, he would ensure government officials, traditional rulers, cultural groups and religious bodies travelling to other neighboring countries for preaching followed recognized border posts with relevant documents
“We must engage traditional and religious institutions because if we don’t engage them we will not succeed”.
NIS Boss while at the newly created Jibia Special Border Command, tasked traditional and religious leaders, particularly those at border communities in the state not to allow illegal migration urging them to checkmate movement of non-Nigerians in their respective domains.
He regretted the lack of implementation of Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) protocols at border communities which he said had constituted the “biggest problem” facing the service, assuring that plans were on the way to reestablish the protocol and ensure its implementation to tackle insecurity.
Muhammad Babandede then warned staff of the agency against compromises and that they must adhere to their rules of engagement.
“Nobody should enter or leave Nigeria without travel documents and the documents has been provided to the commands. You have to certify a citizen as Nigerian citizen along the borders. People don’t like it, but the time has come for that sacrifice.
“There are lots of border routes in Katsina but if the communities are working together with the traditional rulers, anybody who decides to enter Nigeria through an illegal route an officer will not collect bribe and release him”.
Earlier, the Emir of Katsina, assured the NIS boss of the support of the people and blamed the volatile security situation in the country on the negligent of traditional institutions at all levels.
On his part, the Controller, Jibia Special Border Command, Wasiu Okokunle, in his welcoming speech, told the CG that the baby border command is facing challenges to include office accommodation and personnel for effective service delivery.
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