Worried by the increasing threats to security along the shared part of their borders, Nigeria and Benin Republic have putmeasures in place to re-strategise security operations, in a bidto make travelling safer for citizens of both countries.
President Boni Yayi of Benin Republic disclosed this,on Sunday in Abuja, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, after holding talks with President Goodluck Jonathan.
Describing Nigeria and Benin as strong and strategic allies, hesaidboth leaders met to share ideas on issues affecting the security of their citizens.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You know that if I am here, it concern issues of partnership between Nigeria and Benin. It is a duty for me to come here to see my brother, President Jonathan, from time to time to discuss issues that concern the citizens within our sub-region,Ã¢â‚¬ÂYayi said.
He commended Mr. Jonathan for the leadership role Nigeria has played in guaranteeing the safety of lives and property along the common border of Nigeria and Benin.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Today,we discussed about ECOWAS matters and about piracy along our coast. Today we have a joint co-operation between Nigeria and Benin and I have come to brief the President about the situation concerning this and to thank him for his efforts at ensuring safety along our common bordersÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Mr. Yayi, who said that anything that concerns Nigeria also concerns Benin Republic and vice versa, further disclosed that the joint border patrol earlier established by both countries have succeeded in bringing safety to the common border of both countries.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Right now we have established joint border patrols, we call it fire for fire and that is really going on well. Other operations have led to the discovery and retrieval of some cars stolen from Nigeria into Benin Republic and vice versa.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Currently there is ongoing operation to discourage pirates from our seas and this has so far been very successful and they are working hard to ensure that the issues of piracy, cross-border crimes and smuggling of small arms are checked.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“As a result, the attacks on the seas have been reduced drasticallyexcept for some little cases here and there,”he said.
Yayi called for an intensification of measures to completely wipe out crime and ensure the safety of lives and goods along their common border.