January 20, (THEWILL) – The Bayelsa State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service has commenced training of various categories of Personnel on weapon handling, ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The NIS command in Bayelsa, under the watch of Comptroller James Sunday, also warned immigrants and foreign nationals against interference in the electoral processes.
The Bayelsa Command of the NIS, in a statement issued on Friday and signed by Comptroller James Sunday, the training of Personnel is on time management and productivity at work for senior officers, and weapon handling for the junior officers in Yenagoa.
According to him, the Senior officers had a one-day training, while the junior officers had a one week training on weapon handling. This, according to the Comptroller, is to charge the officers and men to take responsibility, as the country prepares for the 2023 general elections.
He stated that “no officer is allowed to be partisan, our job is clearly defined and any adhoc assignment will be clearly spelt out to avoid ambiguity, we are to take directive from the Service Headquarters on matters concerning our operations while collaborating with sister agencies in the spirit of interagency collaboration, as uniform officers and men, we have defined roles and rules of engagement, hence this training to equip each and every officer with relevant skills and expertise to dispense effectively at all times.
“The Service will not condone mischief or abuse of any sort preparing for the election, our foremost duty is to ensure non-Nigerians stay clear of the elections without interference in anyway, the officers are charged to intercept, especially those at the entry points, any irregular migrant on transit, impound voter cards and National Identity Cards that finds its way into the hands of Non Nigerians and also arresting any such culpable to face the rule of law as provided in the constitution and the Immigration Act.
“We can only justify our professional calling when we are doing the expected and in the best way possible as trained officers and men. Weapon handling is vital to sustain harmonious, peaceful and safe co-existence with the civil society at this material time, we are guiding and monitoring our operatives closely”, he concluded.