House of Representatives has urged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on Nigeria’s porous borders.
The House also called on the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, Nigeria Police Force, NPF, the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, and other security agencies to increase their manpower base by recruiting more qualified personnel to secure the nation’s porous borders.
The lawmakers expressed worry on the frequent attacks by insurgents through these borders.
The resolution followed a motion titled ‘Urgent Need to Check Illegal Routes into Nigeria in Order to Reduce Acts of Terrorism’ sponsored by Hon. Chike Okafor (APC, Imo).
In his submission, Okafor stated that the Nigerian government had a serious responsibility of securing its borders known to be very porous.
He pointed that there exist more than I497 illegal routes and 84 regular entry points into Nigeria.
Okafor also hinted that there were over one hundred million illicit weapons in circulation in sub-Saharan Africa, in which Nigeria accounts for over seventy million of it owing to its porous borders.
The lawmaker therefore expressed concern on the state of affairs, adding that it portends serious danger to Nigeria, especially in the light of the current security challenges facing the country.
Similarly, the lower chamber yesterday urged the military authorities to deploy more troops in some communities in Borno State as part of efforts by federal government to defeat the Boko Haram insurgency.
The House called on the General Officer Commanding, GOC, in charge of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, Maj-Gen Lamidi Adeosun, to deploy more troops to Dusman and Zambarmari towns and interface with other security agencies as well as gather more intelligence reports with a view to dislodging the insurgents in their camps.