The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, has inaugurated the country’s first operational border patrol base of the Nigeria Immigration Service, in Katsina state.
The base, sited at Mazanya community in Jibia Local Government Area bordering Niger Republic, is part of measures by the service to effectively secure the country’s borders.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mohammed Umar, the minister said the facility would help the nation’s fight against irregular migration and cross-border crimes.
He noted that the responsibility of securing the territorial borders of a vast country like Nigeria is quite enormous and overwhelming.
He stated that the current administration was working on all fronts to ensure internal security, with effective border policing as one of the priority areas.
While lauding the service for the initiative, Dambazau urged officers who would man the bases and other border patrol units to continuously create awareness of their roles.