The National Security Council meeting presided by President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday stopped the registration and deportation of non-indegenes in any part of the country.
Towards identifying residents and visitors in a state in order to check the onslought of Boko Haram, some states were said to have commenced registration of non-indegenes in their state.
Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting at the Presidential Villa, the Director General of State Security Service (SSS), Ita Ekpeyong maintained that such deportation and registration are more dangerous than Boko Haram itself.
Ekpeyong, who was accompanied by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, said that Nigerians are free to settle anywhere they like.
He said that the Council of State meeting will be held next week to discuss the issues.
He said: “The IG has told what was discussed at the meeting, the fight against Boko Haram, the efforts made by government to rescue the Chibok girls and the issue of deportation, registration of Nigerians in states of the federation. We regard this as even more potent than Boko Haram.”
“Council discussed in detail the issue of registration of Nigerians in any part of the country, being subjected to registration, being subjected to deportation, being taken away from one part of the country to the other.”
“Council discussed the reaction by some groups in Kano State and other parts of the country. Council observe that this threat was more potent than Boko Haram and could disintegrate the country.”
“And we take this very seriously, for people to deport people, for people to take people from one place to the other, for registration of indigenes no matter where they are. No matter where they are they are free to settle anywhere they like.”
“Council resolved that the issue of registration of Nigerians anywhere in the country and deportation should stop forthwith. To re-emphasis the importance, the President has attached to this that is why he asked the IG and I to address the press, this must stop forthwith.” He added
According to him, security operatives have been directed not to be involved in such process to register people or trying to deport people.
“If Police, SSS is found to be involved it will be severely dealt it.” He stated
He also warned youth groups to desist from fermenting trouble over the matter as government is taking serious notice of the issue.
“Government is doing everything possible to stem this from getting out of control. As a matter of fact to show the urgency, the Council of State meeting will be held anytime next week to discuss this issues.” He said
On fight against terrorism, he said: “The fight against Boko Haram is ongoing. We kept saying that the fight against Boko Haram is like the footballer. You know when the Germans played Argentina, it was only that one goal they scored that everyone is remembering, the other goals that were stopped nobody will remember.”
“There are several things government is doing, there are several attacks government has stopped but nobody will remember those ones because we don’t tell you but several things are going on.”
“The issue of Chibok girls, government is making efforts. We know where they are but we don’t want to endanger their lives that is the truth we want to take it gradually and release them at the appropriate time. We know where they are you can go to bed with that.” He stated