Defence Minister Reveals How FG Intends To Fight Illegal Migration, Terrorism


The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, has revealed how the Federal Government intends to tackle illegal migration, trans-border crimes as well as terrorism using technology.

Speaking at the  Heads of ECOWAS Immigration, hosted by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) currently holding in the nation’s capital, Abuja, the minister says the FG will employ the use of technology to tackle the menace of illegal migration, trans-border crimes as well as terrorism.

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He added that the Federal Government has begun a pilot understudy of the region’s border and has therefore called for an effective operational collaboration among members.

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is currently hosting Heads of ECOWAS Immigration, in the nation’s capital. The aim of the meeting is to review the irregularities in the system as well as improve data sharing.

The ECOWAS heads of Immigration was inaugurated in 2015 to bring together officials of the immigration service by comparing experiences and solving issues of interest.

Gathered at the meeting are diplomats, top immigration officials, drawn from different countries. Also in attendance are Nigeria’s ministers, service chiefs, and security officials.

Nigeria’s Acting President is represented at the meeting by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema.

The Comptroller General of Nigeria’s Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, has called on all immigration agencies in attendance to work closely together to deliver smooth intelligence gathering.

Meanwhile speaking on fighting corruption, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has warned troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists in the NorthEast to remain steadfast and be more proactive as the war against the insurgents have not ended.

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Buratai also asked the soldiers to work in harmony with other security operatives as no meaningful progress would be made without their cooperation.