ZONAL Coordinator of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Zone ‘A’, Assistant Comptroller General (ACG) Kunle Osisanya fdc, has called for synergy with the Nigeria Navy Western Naval Command, Apapa Lagos to tackle illegal migration along the coast
The Zonal coordinator made this call for synergy when he expressed concern about activities of migrants moving into Lagos through the coastal areas stressing that passengers embark from Porto Novo through the riverine routes to Lagos.
Osisanya who paid a familiarisation visit to the Nigeria Navy Western Naval Command, Apapa Lagos was received by the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Rear Admiral YB Wambai fdc, along with his management team.
The NIS ACG emphasized that one of the major duties of the Service was management of border security and stressed that the synergy in the operations of both services within the territorial waterways in Zone ‘A’ would go a long way
Attention was also drawn to the rising activities of migrants from Falomo and Liverpool jetty areas, where passengers board speed boats claiming to be headed for Badagry but possibly end up at Port- Novo in Benin Republic. Similarly, passengers embark from Porto Novo through the riverine routes to Lagos.
The Zonal Coordinator mentioned that despite the presence of an NIS designated Marine Border Post at Akere (Ogun State) this was still possible and called for support from the Western Naval Command to secure the Nigerian territorial waters within Zone ‘A’ for enhanced national security.
Responding, the Flag Officer Commanding, Rear Admiral Wambai fdc, expressed delight at the visit and promised the NIS of his Command’s readiness to support the NIS within the operational area and not to hesitate to engage the cooperation of naval officers in the area
He reiterated that the Western Naval Command has a very good working relationship with other Security agencies including the Nigeria Customs Services, NDLEA, Police e.t.c.