Abuja at­tacks: Immigration beefs up se­cu­rity in Kano

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Is­mail Ade­bayo, Kano

Fol­low­ing the re­cent at­tacks in Abuja, the Immigration Ser­vice Com­mand in Kano, said it has beefed up se­cu­rity around the state by set­ting up check-points at ma­jor en­try points to pre­vent any at­tempt to in­fil­trate the state.

Dur­ing a press brief­ing, the new Comptroller of Immigration, Kano State Com­mand, Malam Sadiq Baba She­huri, said the mea­sure be­came nec­es­sary in view of the se­cu­rity chal­lenge in the coun­try, not­ing that there was no other time to tighten up se­cu­rity in the state than now.

“Ini­tially, we thought it was re­stricted to the North-East, but you can bear me wit­ness that it is no longer re­stricted to the area fol­low­ing the at­tacks that were launched at Kuje and Nyanya in Abuja,” he said.

The Comptroller added that the com­mand has de­signed a very ag­gres­sive bor­der pa­trol poli­cies and has also in­tro­duced what he called rad­i­cal ap­proach to its pa­trol, par­tic­u­larly in terms of mon­i­tor­ing in­flux of illegal im­mi­grants to the state.

He said: “De­spite the fact that Kano is not a bor­der state, with the full knowl­edge of the Ser­vice Com­mis­sion, the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser and our Ser­vice Head­quar­ters we have set up some check points along the ma­jor roads lead­ing into the state cap­i­tal like Maiduguri road, Katsina road and Gwarzo road to pre­vent any at­tempt to in­fil­trate Kano state”.

She­huri added: “We have wit­nessed many of such at­tacks in Kano. It hap­pened at our Pass­port Of­fice and at the Mosque. It even hap­pened at the mar­ket place. We want to make sure that we have very ag­gres­sive bor­der pa­trol tech­niques”.

He stated that some spe­cially trained per­son­nel of the Com­mand are now in badges called Bor­der Corps to han­dle any sit­u­a­tion. “We are also in tune and op­er­at­ing in the same fre­quency with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment in terms of the zero tol­er­ance ap­proach to cor­rup­tion”, the comptroller said.

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