Leadership (Abuja)

8 February 2013

Nigeria: Security Experts to FG - Close 1,487 Illegal Border Routes Now

In view of the astonishing revelations of the recent discovery of no fewer than 1,487 illegal routes into the country, security experts have stressed the need for the federal government to urgently embark on measures to tighten security/ surveillance and possibly close these illegal routes in the national interest.

These experts who spoke exclusively to LEADERSHIP via telephone, expressed disappointment at the inability of the officers and men of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), to have discovered the illegal routes in previous years, thus, promoting outright infiltration and incessant attacks by terrorists from neighboring countries.

For Barrister Mike Ejiofor, retired director, State Security Service (SSS), although the federal government is investing greatly into the security sector by giving priority to security challenges, the said recent discovery of over 1,487 illegal border routes by the officers and men of the Immigration service was not worth complimenting.

Another security consultant/ director, Elegant Security Services Limited, and Managing Director, Oyi Security Services, Mr.Ogbu Tony, who blamed the initial existence of the 1,487 illegal routes on laxity of Nigeria, towards security , advised the federal government to hurrily close both the illegal and the discovered illegal borders, as the existence of more than one entry point into any given country , posses great security risk to the Citizenry.

Meanwhile, another security consultant retired Commissioner of Police of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Barrister Lawrence Alabi, the discovery of the illegal routes is an indication that security agencies and Nigerian government is actually working.

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