The borders are porous.
The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, on Tuesday at the ministerial platform in Abuja said that of the 6, 000 people that fled Maiduguri, to neighbouring countries, following the declaration of state of emergency, only 126 are Nigerians.
Mr. Moro was speaking on the alleged large number of Nigerians fleeing the crisis-torn region. According to him, the rest of the fleeing population were Nigeriens who possibly migrated to Nigeria to engage in farming activities.
He said there have been many cases of illegal foreign immigrants who perpetrate various crimes including terrorism, which has led to the immediate closure of the nation’s borders to curb the illegal migration.
Mr. Moro revealed that the ministry is currently working on deploying modern technology to effectively secure Nigeria’s 1497 porous borders used as illegal routes. This included Electronic Passenger Registration System, finger printing in borders, and mobile border patrol units.
He also stated that the new visa policy approved by the Federal Executive Council is to serve as a veritable tool towards economic development by encouraging job creation, boosting tourism, and putting an end to constant abuse of the Nigeria passport by unscrupulous persons.
Speaking on other achievements of his ministry, Mr. Moro revealed that a National Fire Safety Code has been developed to regulate minimal standard for the establishment of reduction in fire outbreaks in the country and an enforcement of Fire Safety regulations has been put in place to inspect major buildings and facilities for compliance and risk assessment beginning from Abuja.
Praising the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Mr. Moro revealed that the NSCDC in 2012 destroyed 795 illegal refineries and 503 bunkery cache; and seized 545 trucks, 944 drums, 4 vessels, 109 boats and 1, 548 jerry cans.