We’ll Not Relax Control Of Borders —Immigration Boss

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The Cross River State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service has declared that it will not relax its control of the borders in line with the recent directive by the Federal Government that security agencies should be on red alert, especially in flashpoint areas to ward off a possible surge in criminal activities.

The Comptroller of the Command, Mr. Godwin Ogbenjuwa told P.M.NEWS in his office that though the state was not designated a flashpoint but that criminal activities “know no bound as perpetrators can always take advantage of security lapses at any point to wreak havoc on the entire system.”

For that reason, the Comptroller said his command would not relax its hold on the control of the borders so that criminals, especially those from other countries operating in concert with their partners in the country, would not take advantage of the porous border to intrude and unleash mayhem in the country.

He disclosed that his command took control of the borders since the voters registration exercise to check the activities of illegal immigrants into the country, adding that since then he and his men had been on red alert against any form of incursion into the country.

Ogbenjuwa also identified the support received from the Comptroller-General of Customs, Mrs. Rose Uzomma, as well as that of the state government in terms of logistics, stressing that such support made for the effective policing of the borders.

On the World Press Freedom Day celebrated every May 3, Ogbenjuwa, a former reporter with the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, said press freedom was vital for the survival and growth of any society because it gives room for egalitarianism.

“Press Freedom will guarantee a close affinity between the government and the governed and engender a partnership that projects a better and progressive society.

The immigration officer frowned at the persecution and lack of regard for media professionals, saying that such actions were counterproductive to the growth of society.

He urged government officials at all levels as well as corporate bodies to accord priority to the welfare of journalists.

—Emma Una/Calabar

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