– Foreign herdsmen will now be screened at the Nigeria-Niger border
– This latest development was revealed by the Nigeria Immigration Service
– The new initiative is aimed at tackling the annual influx of camels into the country
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In a move that will be likely applauded, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) says it would henceforth profile herdsmen entering the country in Jigawa, through the border with Niger Republic, Tribune Newspaper reports.
The NIS Controller in Jigawa, Isma’il Abba, stated this while speaking at the decoration of 58 recently promoted officers of the agency.
He said the decision was aimed at tackling the annual influx of camels into the state through the common border.
“We have directed our officers at the borders and entry points to properly profile and document herdsmen.
“Every migrant will be stopped and their luggage thoroughly searched, stating their mission and destination.”
Meanwhile, . had reported that the commissioner of police in Kano, Sama’ila Dikko, said herdsmen entering the state must get clearance from the police command in their current domain showing they are leaving for Kano.
Addressing journalists shortly after an emergency security meeting with heads of security agencies at his office on Wednesday, May 26, Dikko said any herdsman that enters Kano without the clearance would be turned back.
He said the decision was part of the security arrangements that have been made by his command in a bid to maintain peace and security in the state.
Meanwhile, the convener of a pressure group, Kwara Must Change, Abdulrazak Hamzat has stated that open grazing should be banned all over Nigeria.
The Abuja-based activist made the statement in an exclusive interview with . while reacting to the ban on open grazing across southern Nigeria by the governors from the region.
According to him, open grazing is not only archaic, it is unbefitting of any civilized nation in the 21st century.
Similarly, the Southern Governors Forum has responded to the claims by the presidency that its ban on open grazing across southern Nigeria does not have any legal backing in the eyes of the law.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state who also doubles as the chairman of the forum dismissed the stance of the presidency and insisted that southern states will ensure the law comes to full effect soon.
The statement signed by the special assistant on special duties, Dr. Doyin Odebowale, maintained that no inch of land in the southern part of the country would be ceded to anybody under any guise.