NIS mounts tight security to prevent illegal migrants to Niger

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By Patience Danjuma 

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in Niger says security has been tightened up at the Babana border post in Burgu Local Government Area, against influx of illegal migrants.

The Comptroller of NIS in the state, Tamuno Oyedeji made this known in an interview with journalists in Minna on Friday.

Oyedeji said that the command had set out well-armed security personnel to block all illegal routes of migrants to the state especially from Benin Republic.

The comptroller said that the measure was aimed at preventing illegal migrants coming to the country without proper documents.

She explained that officers at the border post had been adequately briefed on the new strategies to be adopted in preventing influx of illegal migrants.

“We have equipped and stationed well armed personnel in strategic areas to prevent illegal migrants coming into our midst,” she said.

Oyedeji also lauded the efforts of community leaders at Babana border post for volunteering intelligence information about movement of illegal migrants.

“Our field officers have been receiving tremendous support from border residents, especially stakeholders and traditional rulers in promoting security situations at the border areas,” she said.    

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