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NIS task government to establish rapid response office in Bauchi LGAs


NIS task government to establish rapid response office in Bauchi LGAs

By Ahmed Ahmad

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has urged the Bauchi state government to establish a rapid response office in Alkaleri and Toro Local Government areas to track down illegal immigrants into the state.

Dr Lawal Abubakar, Assistant controller general of the Nigeria Immigration Zone C, Bauchi made the call during a presentation to the finance committee as part of his presentation to the Finance committee on a bill for a law to establish the Security Trust Fund of the state assembly on Thursday in Bauchi.

He said establishing the office would help checkmate the influx of herders from the Sahel region and minimize activities of illegal miners.

Dr Abubakar pointed out that the offices would also facilitate the establishment of a forward operating base between Alkaleri and Yankari game reserve to allow surveillance around the grazing routes and mining areas.

The Zonal Controller said the Immigration service would also provide intelligence gathering and reporting to end users as well as improve Security consciousness among the people.

He also stressed the need to capture Immigration service in the board of trustees of the fund to enhance the provision of maximum inputs and intelligence analysis for the state.

According to him, although Nigeria is a signatory to the African charter on transhuman movement there are a lot of illegalities committed that pose a security threat to the Nation.

Abubakar noted that the sahelian route which covers over 494 km starting from Yobe state through Zaki,Gamawa,Itas/Gadau,Ningi,to Ganjuwa and burst at Kirfi and Alkaleri is a good corridor for movement of light arms and banditry activities.

The Immigration boss said there is a strong correlation between banditry and mining activities as well as immigration and the state security trust fund.

Earlier, The Chairman house committee on finance Alhaji Danumma Bello Commended the efforts of the immigration service for its efforts in providing services in the state.

Bello pointed out that the House of Assembly appreciated the interest and performance of the immigration service to ensure the successful implementation of the Bill,

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