Nigeria on Tuesday launched a gun boat in southern state of Cross River to enhance maritime patrol and check cases of illegal migration and child theft across the sea.
Felix Uche, state comptroller of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) said at the ceremony that 16 NIS personnel were trained by officials of the Nigerian Navy on maritime operations and patrols for a period of two months.
According to him, the launch of this boat will help to patrol the water ways by ensuring that illegal migrants do not come into Nigeria through the sea without valid papers.
Meanwhile, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has said 300,000 children migrated alone in 2017.
This was five times more than the 2012 figure, adding that the figure was likely to be much higher now, the federation stated this in a 2018 publication. Enditem