Port & Border

Hunpe Urges Nigeria Custom and Immigration Service to Cooperate to Expand Coverage of Porous Border

Hon. Babatunde Hunpe

The lawmaker representing Badagry Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Babatunde Hunpe has moved a motion urging the Nigeria Customs Service and Nigerian Immigration Service to cooperate with relevant security operatives to expand their coverage of the country’s porous border.

This was made known in a press release issued by the Head of Media and Publicity to the honourable member, Prince Sunday Oke recently in the state.

“Hunpe urged the Federal Government to constitute Ad-hoc Committee to organise a security summit that would involve all military and para-military agencies as well as indigenes of border communities.

“Hunpe said that the committee would be charged with the responsibility of finding lasting solutions to socio-economic, multiple checking point, create public relations among the agency and border communities and security challenges posed by porosity of the country’s borders,” the statement reads.

The lawmaker while stating that the borders have not been well secured due to insufficient resources and manpower pointed out that, “This posed great implications on the economic, security and social development of the country.

“The porous nature of the borders have precipitated several crimes which pose serious threat to national security and causing hardship because it leads to illegal check points being mounted in and around border communities.”

“The proliferation of arms, illegal immigration and smuggling of expired goods into the country are due to the porosity of Nigeria’s borders.

“This has made it easy for terrorists to carry out their nefarious activities especially in border state like Lagos, Ogun, Sokoto, Katsina, Yobe, Taraba, Jigawa, Adamawa among others.

“The volatile situation of the country’s borders have greatly hampered the efforts of the government towards ending insurgency as terrorists have continued to carry out their attacked unabated,” he added.

The statement revealed that the motion is aimed at creating good relationship between the border communities and government agencies.

“The motion is to correct the chasing of goods which have already passed through our Border to local markets and homes which usually leads to indiscriminate shooting of our people at Border communities. It will also create good relationships between the Border communities and government agencies.

“The motion was seconded by Alhaji Sulaiman Samaila, representing Kaduna North Federal Constituency in the house and supported by majority members through voice vote.” The statement added.