Visa-on-arrival policy’ll affect security –Igbo group
The Igbo national Council has asked the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), to reverse his decision to grant visas on arrival to Africans who intend to come into the country.
INC in a statement in Owerri on Thursday by its national president, Chilos Godsent, and secretary, Zulu Ofoelue, warned that the policy would endanger the country’s security apparatus.
The pro-igbo group stated that apart from increasing terrorist activities in the country, the economy of the nation would be endangered if the policy was not reversed.
INC asked governors of the south-eastern states to put measures in place to halt the influx of Fulani herdsmen to the geopoliticcal zone.
It asked state houses of assembly in the South-east to make laws that would forbid open grazing in the zone.
It said, “Since the regrettable announcement of the visa free policy for African immigrants by the President Buhari-led administration, the Igbo national Council has taken a deep study of the socio-economic and security implications of such policy on nigeria and its citizens, especially with the recent increase in nefarious activities of local and international terrorists organisations in nigeria and Africa at large.
“It is regrettable that this policy is coming when many
African heads of state are coming together to fight against terrorism.
“unfortunately, since that regrettable announcement of visa-free policy by the nigerian government, we have noticed huge influx of foreign Fulani herdsmen in some states in eastern nigeria and the Middle Belt region, especially Benue, Ebonyi and Enugu states.”
The national Emergency Management Agency has commenced Operation Eagles Eyes in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, to ensure the roads are safe and free for travellers.
The Operation head, NEMA Ekiti State, Mr Olusegun Afolayan, said the exercise would create a platform for rescuers to save lives on highways during emergencies.
Afolayan, who spoke while inaugurating the operation, said, “Ambulances and rescue teams would be stationed at strategic places, especially on the highways to rescue people in the event of crashes.”
he reiterated the agency’s commitment to partner the Federal Road Safety Corps to achieve zero road crashes during the Yuletide season and to ensure that the road was safe and free for travellers.
The FRSC Sector Commander in Ekiti State, Mrs Faustina Alegbe, appreciated the NEMA team for the intervention and collaboration in ensuring the safety of road users.
Alegbe, who advised drivers to be cautious and avoid taking alcohol before or while driving, added that they should ensure proper functioning of their vehicles at all times.
She said the FRSC officers would be on the road to check documents and address issues of overloading, expired tyres, receiving or making calls while driving and speeding.