Insecurity: Why Nigerian borders are difficult to manage – Aregbesola

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Amid tension generated by the ceaseless security challenges, the federal government has raised concern over Nigeria’s porous borders

Interior minister, Rauf Aregbesola, said Nigerian borders are artificial, making it easy for smugglers to move in and out despite closure

The minister submitted that the artificial nature of the borders has made it difficult to successfully manage some of the boundaries

With Nigerian borders becoming alarmingly porous which has made the continual infiltration of armed bandits and criminals easy, the federal government has raised a vital security concern.

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Speaking during the federal executive council meeting on Wednesday, June 9, Rauf Aregbesola, interior minister, disclosed that the Nigerian borders are too artificial to be manned and controlled.

The minister spoke against the backdrop of security challenges facing the country as smugglers and brigands continue to enjoy unhindered movement in and out of the country despite the closure of the border due to Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the minister, Nigeria’s boundaries are artificial and that alone makes it “very difficult to police outside police engagement strategy.”

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“Let me be clear and remind us of the fact that our boundaries are artificial. I know of a particular village in Ogun where the boundary between Nigeria and Benin Republic cuts the palace of the traditional ruler of that town into two.

“When people mention porous border, I ask myself do they really understand what they are talking about. They are talking about boundaries that are very artificial in some cases and therefore very difficult to police outside police engagement strategy,” the minister noted.

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Aregbesola, however, said that Nigeria through his ministry will engage a robust strategy in identifying elements that are dangerous to the security of the country on either side of the border.

The minister said this will be done with the help of local leaders and community stakeholders.

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