Mr. Abba Moro, Minister of Interior, Comrade Aba Moro has admitted that the compromise by some elements within the government, including some in the security forces and other government agencies, was frustrating the fight against insecurity.
The Minister was at Illela in Illela local government of Sokoto state to assess the challenges confronting officers who are manning the Nigeria/Niger border on Thursday.
Emphasizing that “there are bad eggs in every organization, the Ministry will not hesitate to lift it’s cane against any officer found wanting in the struggle towards ensuring a crime free society,” Moro hinted that the Ministry had procured assorted technological gadgets to ensure adequate control of the nation’s porous borders.
He insisted that his movement to the nation’s border became necessary because “of the proliferation of small arms and light weapon into the nation.
“My mission here is a fact finding one. It is intended to look at the challenges that we are facing so as to be sure that the Nigeria Immigration Service is carrying out it’s duties responsively and in line with the charge of the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan that all entrances into and exits from Nigeria must be properly controlled against the backdrop of the coming election in 2015,” the Minister stressed.
He further explained that because of the reality of the population of light weapon and small arms in the country, “it became very necessary that we must look out for possible areas of leakages. I am here to attest to the importance of the desire to carry out this mandate.”
Moro confirmed that the Nigerian Immigration Service in conjunction with their Nigerien counterpart, were doing well. “The synergy is needful. The order is exemplary and I hope that will be able to encourage them to keep the order and to control the post.”
“I am aware of the challenge of illegal immigration into the country and the Ministry of Interior is processing the procurement of patrol vehicles to man our borders. These are processes we have put in place that is intended primarily to ensure that we have seamless control of our borders,” he further stressed.
He assured that the NIS was rebranding and had keyed into the transformation agenda of Jonathan administration in order to get the right solution to the country’s problems.
Moro was accompanied on the visit by the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Mr. Parradang David.