The Controller of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in Jigawa, Isma’ il Abba, has stated that the body will not allow herdsmen from Niger State to enter Nigeria if they are not properly profiled and documented.
The NIS boss disclosed that all the herdsmen and their belongings will be thoroughly searched, while the herders must also provide their mission and destination when getting into the country.
Isma’ il Abba made this known while speaking during the decoration of 58 Immigration officers that were recently promoted.
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He said, ” We have directed our officers at the borders and entry points to properly profile and document herdsmen.
” Every migrant will be stopped and their luggage thoroughly searched, stating their mission and destination. “
Meanwhile, Garba Shehu, the spokesman to President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that the President wants to see an end to open grazing just like the Southern Governors, but it must be done properly.
Shehu disclosed this when he appeared on ARISE NEWS CHANNEL on Tuesday night and was reacting to the controversy surrounding his earlier statement that declared the ban of open grazing by southern governors as illegal.
His early statement reads, ” President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed a strong resolve to address the conflicts of herders and farmers in a sustained and lasting manner that should lead to the emergence of a permanent solution to the frequent clashes between them, as well as the associated problem of the gun- wielding ‘ killer herdsmen’ .
In his reaction on Tuesday night, the Presidential aide said Buhari has never supported open grazing, but he’ s trying to provide a solution to herders and farmers clash in a peaceful way
He said, ” The president had approved a number of specific measures to bring a permanent end to the frequent skirmishes as recommended by Alhaji Sabo Nanono, the minister of agriculture in a report he submitted and the president signed off on it back in April. “
” The president wants to see an end to open grazing; he wants to see ranching, but he wants it in a way that’ s organized and he has a plan for it and the plan will take off in June.
” Let us stop this shadowboxing. You just brought one or two people here who said things that nobody said from our own end. Did the president say he didn’ t support…? He’ s opposed to the way the governors have chosen to do it. “