Ndi Imo | NIMASA holds security summit in Imo, calls for repatriation of illegal immigrants
NIMASA holds security summit in Imo, calls for repatriation of illegal immigrants
Owerri, June 2, 2022 (NAN) The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Thursday advised that illegal immigrants in Imo be immediately repatriated back to their base to help curb insecurity in the state.
The Director General of NIMASA Dr Bashir Jamoh made the call in a one-day security workshop to enhance security management and awareness in Imo,
The summit was in collaboration with Imo State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).
The D-G, represented by the Executive Secretary of SEMA Mrs Agnes Ajoku said most of the crimes in the state are carried out by illegal immigrants whose identities are unknown to the government.
He said the essence of the security workshop with relevant stakeholders was to review the security situation in the state and agree on possible solution to the menace.
Jamoh urged the Immigration Comptroller in Imo to checkmate the influx of illegal immigrants and ensure proper documentation of foreigners in the state.
He said that security should not be left in the hands of uniform personnel, while also calling on the general public to ensure that they corporate effectively with security agencies in the state.
The D-G called on both military and paramilitary organisations in the state to build a stronger synergy in tackling insecurity in the state.
He commended Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo for his consistent efforts to tackle insecurity and to ensure that peace was brought back to the state.
The Head of Imo/Abia Operations Office of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Mr Ifeanyi Nnaji in his address urged that government try to restore the core value of Nigerians.
He said only when such value was restored, would the society begin to experience peace stability.
“We need to tackle insecurity from the grassroots and bring back our core value.
“Quick money syndrome is one of the greatest challenges we are facing today, the menace of quick money must be seen as a national emergency.
“You cannot separate insecurity from disaster, a society with high insecurity will be vulnerable to disaster,’’ he said.
The Secretary of Imo Council of Traditional Rulers Eze Lucky Okoro said that insecurity cannot be effectively tackled without good governance.
He said poor implementation of government policies and government negligence to basic needs of the masses was the major causes of insecurity in the country.
“Insecurity started from the grassroots, traditional rulers are helpless with the situation.
“We need government to empower traditional rulers with the law to tackle crimes in various localities, we don’t have any law backing us to fight criminals,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigerian reports that among security agencies at the workshop are Nigerian Police, Army, Civil Defence and Immigration.
Others are representatives of the state command of Correctional Center and Nigerian Customs.