From ANENE AIKE, Sokoto
The Minister of Police Affairs Alhj Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi, says there are more gains than pains , sequel to the closure of Nigeria’s borders .
Dingyadi addressed newsmen at the weekend in Sokoto shortly after the successful conduct of the epoch-making wedding fatihas of his three sons.
The Minister reeled out some of the tangible gains of the border closure to include the drastic changes of the hitherto cross border and intra-country formidable security challenges .
He averred,” the recent border closure has reduced so many security challenges that had hitherto seemingly defied all solutions.
“ Many of the criminals were not nationals of Nigeria as they hailed from the neighbouring countries . They sneaked into the country , perpetrate their heinous crimes and fled.
“ Happily, these obnoxious cross border criminality had reduced drastically. This happy development is a good omen for Nigeria and her all law abiding citizens .”On the economy, Dingyadi maintained that , the border closure has also touched Nigerians positively .
According to him,” it has however affected fraternal relationships between ourselves and our neighbors.
“ Very soon , as soon as the ongoing discussions with our neighbors and the Federal Government are logically concluded, the Federal Government will do the needful, in Sha Allahu.”
Meanwhile, Dingyadi has acknowledged that, kidnapping has also drastically reduced in the country, decrying, “ the menace is a hydra-headed one.
“ Most of the kidnappings are being organized even among siblings , husbands and wives, just for money .
“ There are others caused by hoodlums, but the bulk of it is being done locally. The Police are aware about this ugly trend and they are doing their posisble best to redress it.”
Dingyadi admonished Nigerians to reduce the desperation for money, especially amongst the youths and other citizens .
The Minister further said that, the Police were doing their best in this direction,adding,” The Police are up to the task.”
Dingyadi also stated that, many of the vicitms of kidnapping were being secretly rescued by the security agencies, especially the Police.
The Minister however appealed to all well meaning Nigerians to continue to assist in curbing the menace of kidnapping and other related criminalities.