Calabar — The Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, has said that the service has beefed up security at the border areas to ensure that the orgy of violence perpetrated by the religious sect, Boko Haram, was not extended to the Southern part of the country.
The security beef-up was as a result of the recent threat by the group to reach other parts of the country.
The Area Comptroller of Immigrations, Cross River State Command, Mr. Godwin Ogbenjuwa, who disclosed this to newsmen in Calabar, yesterday, said that the command had intensified efforts to strengthen security at the borders in the state.
Although Mr. Ogbenjuwa did not disclose the measures taken so far to wad-off any incursion at the borders, he said that the water-tight security in various border posts was perpetual and stronger to contend with any form of attack by illegal immigrants or the Boko Haram sect.
He said, “we are in a state of perpetual alertness because of the Boko Haram influence in the country. We are not relenting in our security measures at the borders, and so the borders in the state are not porous.
“Gone are the days when we have porous borders, because the security beef up was not superlative, but now we are under red alert and that is why our borders are no longer porous,” he added.
Ogbenjuwa said his command will continue to heighten its activities even as it will only restrict entry and exit of persons with questionable credentials in and out of the country.
He said that though the influx of foreigners with honest and sincere motives into the country was healthy to boost the country’s economy, the service will not relent in screening the entrants to weed out those whose missions are suspicious.
According to him, by the nature of the new security strategy, those with ulterior intentions would not even come near the borders were men of the NIS are found.
He urged those interested in acquiring the e-passport to do so at the command offices stating that there are equipment to process the document without applicants having to go to other towns for the passport.