Immigration Chief Proposes Joint Security Operations for Northeast


Mr. Sunday James, the Assistant Comptroller General (ACG) Zone C of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), has called for a coordinated approach to security within the Northeast zone.

Immigration Chief made call when he visited Yobe Gov Mai Mala Buni on Wednesday in Damaturu.

He urged for joint operations involving the NIS, military, and police to tackle the challenge of illegal immigration.

“The military and police alone cannot effectively address the issue,” Mr. James asserted.

He expressed concern about the potential for non-Nigerians infiltrating the country, particularly with the current instability in some neighboring countries.

Mr. James emphasised the importance of utilising the combined skills and training of all security agencies.

He argued that a joint operation would allow for a more comprehensive strategy to identify and apprehend undocumented immigrants.

“We cannot turn a blind eye to this critical aspect of national security,” he added .

He also called for the inclusion of joint operations as a key discussion point at the next security meeting.

He commended Yobe Gov Mai Mala Buni’s efforts in tackling security challenges within the state.

He further offered his condolences to the Governor on the passing of former Governor Bukar Ibrahim.

Seaking, gov Mai Mala Buni noted that trans Sahara crime is one of the challenges and the root cause of some of the security problems.

He said the criminals are taking advantage of Nigerian border, filtrating the country and commit crimes arranging from illicit drugs business to insurgency.

The governor therefore, support the idea of joint operation. He also suggested that community leaders and vigilant groups should also be incorporated in the operation.

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