The Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahman Dambazzau has assured of deployment of Modern Technology in monitoring Nigeria’s porous borders and proliferation of weapons within and outside the country.
The Minister made the remark when he delivered a public lecture titled Trans border Crimes and Security Cooperation with Nigeria’s Immediate Neighbours organised by the Department of International Relations and Strategic Studies of Nigeria’s Premier Private University, Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State.
Guest Lecturer and Minister of Interior General Abdulrahman Dambazzau retired said trans-border or transnational crime include trafficking in persons, smuggling, cyber-crime, terrorism which has further been heightened because of the porousness of Nigeria’s over five thousand kilometre border with neighbouring countries.
General Dambazzau retired despite the scarce resources the Federal Government is committed to acquiring patrol vehicles and boats to address illegal migration, address proliferation of firearms which is one of the key factor for armed conflicts across the country.
The former Chief of Army Staff who is also a visiting Professor of Strategic Studies at the Igbinedion University Okada said federal government is applying modern technology to effectively monitor the nation’s borders.
The Minister also addressed some issues raised by participants during the lecture.
In a remark Vice Chancellor, Igbinedion University Okada, Professor Eghosa Osaghae described the lecture as a prescription to Nigeria’s security challenges.
Dean College of Arts and Social Science. Dr. Femi Olufunmilade and some participants comment on the lecture.
In line with the tradition of IUO the guest lecturer and Minister of Interior was presented a plaque in appreciation of the scholarly lecture
On the delegation of the interior Minister were the Controller General Nigerian Prisons, Alhaji Ahmed Jafaru, assistant Comptroller General Nigeria Immigration service, Edo State Police Commissioner, Johnson Kokumo, Edo State Commandant, NSCDC, Iskil Makinde and other senior personnel in the Interior Ministry.
Report by Kingsley Uchegbu.