The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Ogun State Command, has been commended for its role at ensuring migrants from other countries trying to gain entry into the country through the State, during the last general elections, were denied access, as their passage could have spelt doom for the electioneering campaign.
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, gave the commendation, when he received the State Controller of the NIS, Comptroller Doris Braimah and her team to his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, describing the cooperation between the State and the Service as cordial.
Prince Abiodun who noted that the service rendered by the command was pivotal at ensuring that only citizens were allowed to vote in the border areas, appreciated the command for protecting the State against external forces.
“I know without going into details what the service did, particularly around election period, where we were worried about the influx of migrants from other countries to cause mayhem on the election day, you rose up to the occasion and ensure that our borders were indeed protected and movement were curtailed and ensured that only citizens voted in those border towns”, he said.
The Governor, while commending the Officers of the Command for a job well done, said he believed that the level of commitment would be improved upon under the leadership of the new Comptroller in the State, expressing the hope that the Passport Front Office in Sagamu would be made a full- fledged office, as the people of the town had done a lot to encourage the Service.
“I want to commend the Immigration Service for the Front Office in Sagamu. I hope it becomes a full- fledged office and I am sure you are aware, the people built that office out of their desire to have a passport office in Sagamu”, he said.
Abiodun who noted that the registration of foreigners to be embarked upon by the Immigration Service was of utmost importance, added that the registration would aid the State Government to have a better understanding of what its security apparatus should be, especially when foreigners are involved.
He informed the command that in the last few weeks, the State recorded issues of herdsmen migrating across the border without any form of interference from security agencies, especially, Yewa North, warning that any form of lawlessness, criminality and cultism would not be condoned, as this could undermine its desire to pull more investors into the State.
Earlier in her remarks, the Comptroller NIS, Comptroller Doris Braimah noted that the command would play its role as a worthy partner in ensuring the security architecture of the State was developed, adding that they would join hands with other security agencies to ensure that lives and property were protected.
She said that the registration of foreigners which commenced recently in the country would afford government the opportunity to have proper data of foreigners living in the State.