FG introduces biometric registration for foreign herders, cattle

Fulani Herdsmen

The federal government has introduced a biometric registration of everybody entering Nigeria, as part of measures to address the influx of killer herdsmen into the country.

The proposed biometric registration will facilitate the monitoring of both people, goods and livestock entering Nigeria.

Interior Minister, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), announced this in Abuja at a special town hall meeting on farmers/herdsmen clashes.

Dambazau explained that the measure is a reaction to the ECOWAS free movement treaty which Nigeria is a signatory.

The minister, however, said it is now critical for Nigeria to create a balance between the implementation of the protocol and security of its borders.

“60 per cent of the people in West Africa are Nigerians. You need to know the number of Nigerians who cross the borders to other countries to look for livelihood.

“We have introduced the use of biometrics in other to ensure that we take account of every person that comes into Nigeria,’’ he said.

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