NIS trains 320 tactical operatives to support military in North West


THE minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has enjoined the 320 operatives made up of 70 officers and 250 other ranks trained to be deployed to the North West to ensure that no unwanted element escapes into the country, and keep the border safe and the country.

The minister observed that much has been committed in their training and urged them to justify same by being professional in all their duties of protecting the country from influx and infiltration by irregular migrants and other unwanted elements while supporting the military in the North West.

He observed that the contiguous and homogeneous nature of the border communities call for NIS-Border Community relationship to safeguard the borders thereby guaranteeing safe nation, which is the ultimate through intelligence gathered from community members, who will only share information available to them when they have confidence in the operatives and accept them as part of the community not just government official.

In his remarks, the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service Muhammad Babandede, urged the officers to be diligent, reiterating that the service cannot afford to go back to the era of arbitrary abuse of their duty call.

A statement by James Sunday, service public relations officer, said that the NIS boss reminded them that their duty demands commitment and bravery and charged the 320 operatives to put national interest before any other thing to succeed and deliver on the mandate of the service to the nation.

Babandede observed that the NIS JTF component has been on national assignment since 2009 and demobilsed with new sets trained and sent to take charge on routine basis and that they are expected to cover about 700 kilometres along the flanks of the neighboring Cameroun, Niger, Chad, Benin Republic covering the North East and West of the country.

He expressed appreciation to the minister of interior for the support and executive approvals in getting the request of the contingents met, whenever they are deployed to take care of their welfare and appealed to minister to further support the service in the purchase of more patrol vehicles and uniform;

Babandede disclosed that 3548 junior officers were promoted early this year and in September, 5321 senior officers were promoted for the year 2019 and released in 2020.

– Sept. 28, 2020 @ 18:29 GMT |

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