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Nigeria now has effective e-border security: Aregbesola

Interior minister Rauf Aregbesola says Nigeria now has a competent electronic border security architecture to secure the country effectively.

• March 10, 2023
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola

Interior minister Rauf Aregbesola says Nigeria now has a competent electronic border security architecture to secure the country effectively.

This is contained in a statement by the ministry’s spokesman, Afonja Ajibola, on Thursday.

According to the statement, Mr Aregbesola said this while exchanging views with a delegation from UAE National Defence College who are on a field study visit to the ministry as part of their course work.

The minister used the opportunity to inform his guest that the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) was now better equipped with advanced technology to curtail any security breach in Nigeria’s borders.

Mr Aregbesola said the proliferation of heavy and light weapons, porous borders and the influx of illegal migrants into Nigeria are serious challenges facing the country.

He identified regional cooperation and collaboration of Nigeria with sister security agencies of neighbouring countries as one way of tackling the problem.

According to him, such international partnership has contributed to renewed achievements of the military assisted by other sister security agencies to decimate the terrorists.

Responding to questions from the delegation, the minister explained that corruption and Terrorism were global problems facing humanity.

He added that the good news was that everyone knew the zero-tolerance standpoint of President Muhammadu Buhari on the menace.

Mr Aregbesola also made it clear that the country has a robust law for fighting corruption through specialised agencies like the Economic and Financial Crimes Communion (EFCC), among others.

The leader of the delegation, Maheli Babi, commended the minister for the reception and promised that his country would enter into a bilateral cooperation agreement with the Nigerian National Defence College.


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