Bashir Magashi, Minister of Defence, says the Federal Government has strengthened security at the country’s borders with Chad to prevent influx of refugees, following the death of Idris Deby.
Deby, Chad’s President, died on Tuesday from injuries he sustained while leading his country’s troops in battle against rebels.
Magashi, who spoke on the development in Abuja on Thursday, noted that the federal government had anticipated that there would be “a lot of trouble” for all neighbouring countries who share border with Chad, including Nigeria.
“We are beefing up security at our borders, following the developments in Chad,” he said.
“When we heard of the death of the Chadian president, the government took action immediately. We beefed up security on our borders with Chad, not to allow the influx of Chadian refugees into Nigeria.
“If there’s no security in Chad, there will be a lot of trouble for all neighbouring countries. But thankfully, we have a lot of ongoing military cooperation, through the MNJTF, which we expect to continue. We remain mindful of our borders and developments in Chad.
“The task of ensuring security is not for the security and law enforcement agencies alone. It must be seen as a collective effort that requires credible intelligence that can best be provided by local communities.”