As part of measures to improve border security, the Nigeria Immigration Service has established a patrol base at Jibiya in Katsina State in order to control the influx of suspected insurgents and illegal migrants, Punch reports.
The Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, said the patrol base would be inaugurated by the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.) on Thursday (Today).
Speaking during the inauguration of a fire service station at the NIS headquarters, Sauka, Abuja, on Wednesday, Babandede said many more patrol bases would be set up at border communities across the country.
He said, “The Minister of Interior will be in Katsina to inaugurate a new border patrol base. This new patrol base is a new approach to patrol. We have a control post where we patrol across the borders, but we don’t have a base.
“What we are doing now is to establish more patrol bases one of which would be opened by the minister tomorrow (Today) in Jibiya. The intention is that they (NIS personnel) are no longer to sleep in that border, it is purely patrol of the borders.”
The CG further disclosed that the NIS training schools had started using the new curriculum which was unveiled about two months ago, adding that the updated curriculum prepared by some university teachers would strengthen the capacity of the immigration personnel.
Commenting on the new fire service station, Babandede pledged that it would be utilised judiciously, noting that it would serve the residents of Sauka community and other security agencies in the vicinity.