The leadership of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has pledged its readiness to end the influx of criminals, irregular migration and illegal mining in Osun as part of efforts to strengthen the security of lives and property of the citizenry in the State.
The assurances were given by the Assistant Comptroller General and Zonal Coordinator Zone ‘F’ of Nigeria Immigration Service, comprising Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti States, Mrs. Dora Amahian, during a courtesy visit to the Osun State Governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, in his office.
NIS also restated its commitment to partnering the State to secure its borders by engaging in adequate screening of all immigrants who may wish to either travel out or come into the State so as to safeguard the State from encroachment.
Speaking during the familiarisation visit, Amahian said that, in furtherance of its constitutional responsibilities, the agency was ready to scale up its services to ensure adequate monitoring of all immigrants, particularly foreigners visiting and residing in the State.
She said: “Your Excellency, recent events in the country have shown that security is no longer a child’s play as it is not an exclusive preserve of any group or individual. Rather, it is inclusive of all and sundry. Therefore, as an arm of the nation’s security architecture and first line security agency, we are soliciting for your Excellency’s continuous partnership in facilitating our efforts at ensuring a secured and peaceful State.
“One of the measures adapted by the Service is the E-registration of all Immigrants in the State. It is a well known fact that indigenes of Osun travel a lot, especially to some ECOWAS countries e.g Cote d’ivoire. Notable among them are the people of Ejigbo, Iwo and Ede Local Government Areas, she added.
She lauded the establishment of multiethnic committees and other local security outfits in Osun which she noted had resulted in the rating of the State as the most peaceful in the Federation.
In his remarks, the Governor of the State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, called for a robust and workable modality capable of strengthening the bond of collaboration and partnership among the security agencies.
He urged the NIS leadership to continue to support the State in its efforts to flush out criminal elements in the State.
Oyetola who lamented over the increased rate of influx of criminals, particularly illegal miners in the State, sought for continued security support to end the menace.