The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) is to procure an electronic system that will enable it to monitor foreigners in the country. The new device, according to the NIS Comptroller-General, David Parradang, would be part of the organisation's fresh strategy to check the activities of illegal aliens.
When fully deployed, the system would assist the organisation to track aliens with irregular papers and those engaged in illicit activities.
Parradang explained briefly that the service had installed an electronic passport control system to improve its capacity and effectiveness.
The NIS boss added that his administration would focus on human resources development and capacity building for officers and men of the service.
He added, "We are not a police state, but security is very important; we want to be able to account for everyone who is not a Nigerian. The electronic device will assist us to monitor aliens with irregular papers and we can track and remove them using this technology."
The service, he also said, would increase patrol at the nation's borders as well as deploy personnel from non-core areas to the borders in order to beef up security.
According to him, official border control posts will increase in the North-East by 30 per cent to reduce the illegal routes through which unscrupulous elements enter the country.
Meanwhile, an Assistant Inspector of Immigration, Andy Oibi, has been dismissed from service for engaging in employment racketeering.
Oibi, who joined the service in 2009, had forged the service letterhead papers with which he offered non-existent NIS jobs to unsuspecting members of the public.
The service has handed over his case to the police for prosecution.