The use of Unmanned Aerial Aircrafts (UAVs), known as drones, for effective border patrol in the country, has been suggested by Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mrs Rose Uzoma.
Uzoma, who disclosed this at a Forum in Abuja, said that “thousands of unmanned border areas’’ in the country had continued to pose a major security challenge to Nigeria. While buttressing her point, Uzoma said that the use of UAVs had become more “desirable” especially now, so as to secure the country’s “porous borders.” She also went further to suggest that the Federal Government could acquire such drones through public private partnership.
In a related development, the Comptroller General disclosed that no fewer than 16,738 illegal migrants were repatriated by the Immigration Service in the outgoing year.
According to her, “actually we repatriated 16, 738 illegal immigrants, mainly of ECOWAS sub-region and let me make this clear, we did not remove these people because they are ECOWAS nationals but because of the security challenge, we removed only those that did not have travel documents.”