Illegal Immigrants: Reps Advocate Fencing Borderlines

House of Representatives on Thursday asked the Federal Government to build a perimeter fence along Nigeria’s borderlines with neighboring countries to curb the influx of illegal immigrants into the country.

The House, in a resolution it passed in Abuja, said the borderlines should be properly demarcated “with censors and cameras to help check illegal entry and to enable the Nigerian Immigration Service to have proper statistics of those entering the country.”

The resolution was taken on a motion sponsored by a lawmaker from Benue State, Mr. Hassan Saleh. Saleh said the country had a 3,140 square kilometres of borderlines with its neighbours “running from Malaville, North of Republic of Benin, stretching through Kebbi, Sokoto, Katsina, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno states down to Mfun in Cross River State that has a boundary with Cameroon.”

He added that the permeable nature of Nigeria’s borders allowed illegal immigrants free entry into the country through “1,497 illegal routes.” He said that agencies responsible for manning border posts were swamped with so much to do due to the poor logistics and welfare services at their disposal.



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