Insecurity: FG moves to fortify Nigeria, Niger border

The Federal Government has reiterated its determination to secure Nigeria’s border with the Niger Republic for improved security and development.

Secretary to the Government of Federation, Boss Mustapha made this known at a local bilateral committee meeting involving Borno and Yobe States on the Nigerian side and Diffa region on the Niger side, which took place at the Maiduguri government house.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Political and Economic Affairs, Mr Andrew Adejo, Boss Mustapha explained that the Nigeria and Niger Joint Commission for Cooperation was established in the 1990s to curb the wave of security threats including smuggling, trafficking and other sundry crimes.

Secretary-General Nigeria/Niger Joint Commission, Ambassador Rabiu Akawu stressed that Nigeria and Niger had from time immemorial shared many things in common and assured that the Commission will work in accordance with existing laws to safeguard the border of the two nations.

Borno State Deputy Governor, Umar Kadafur who is also the Chairman Boundary Committee noted that the Borno State Government is at the forefront of ensuring that its borders with other nations is secured.

He added that the State will strengthen its relationship with the Commission for the safety and security of communities along the border.

Governor of Diffa region Isa Lamine who was represented by his Deputy, Yahaya Gurbi thanked the Nigerian and Borno State Governments for their commitment to the cause with Niger Republic and pledged his country’s continued collaboration with Nigeria.

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