Abuja: FG claims 1,375 migrants arrested during border closure

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On Monday the Federal Government said that while the border drill code-named, “Exercise Swift Response,” lasted, no fewer than 1,375 irregular migrants were arrested

 

It was reported that the border drill was held between Aug. 20, 2019, and Dec. 17, 2020.

 

During a new year media briefing on Monday, in Lagos, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the border drill recorded a very impressive success.

 

Lai Mohammed said, that the seizures recorded during the period include 157,511 – 50kg bags of parboiled foreign rice and 18,630 jerry cans of vegetable oil. 10,447 bags of NPK fertilizer used for making explosives

 

An estimated sum of N12.362 billion, was the total monetary value of the seized items, according to the report.

 

The Exercise Swift Response which was launched as part of government efforts to protect the land and maritime borders in the South-South, South-West, North-Central, and North-West Zones from smuggling activities and illegal migration.

 

It was gathered that; the exercise was coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) was designed to boost the economy and strengthen border security in the Country.

 

Officials of the Nigeria Customs Service, the Nigerian Immigration Service, the armed forces of Nigeria as well as the Nigeria Police force and other security and intelligence agencies were involved in the exercise.

 

Following a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari on Dec. 16, 2020, four land borders were reopened, including those in Seme, Illela, Maigatari, and Mfun.

The importation of drugs and the proliferation of small arms, which usually fuel violent extremism and terrorism in the country, has been significantly curbed.

 

Giving an example 95 percent of illicit drugs and weapons that are being used for acts of terrorism and kidnapping in the country comes in through our porous land and sea borders.

 

He praised the security operatives for exhibiting a high level of professionalism and commitment to the national assignment.

 

The minister also said the drill has given a boost to the agricultural sector, with poultry production at a high level while rice production is now nearing the level of self-sufficiency for the country while

 

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