By Tobias Lengnan Dapam and Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The federal government yesterday said that it is working out plans to acquire three aircrafts from the Czech Republic.
Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, stated this at the headquarters of the Ministry in Abuja, when he received a delegation from Czech Republic, led by its Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Pavel Mike, in company of Deputy Commander of Czech Airforce, Brigadier-General Sebesta Jeromir.
He said the aircrafts were part of government’s efforts to combat organised crimes at its border and fight terrorism in the country.
Moro added that there was need for Nigeria to cooperate with the Czech Republic on issues of internal security and border management.
Moro said it was his hope that the visit would further strengthen the desire and that with approval of the relevant authorities Nigeria would be able to achieve soon the purchase of the Aircrafts to “compliment the effort of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in combating cross-border crimes and security of Nigeria.
“In order to strengthen bilateral relation with the Republic of Czech, a committee was set up to design ways of implementing series of agreements and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that were signed between the Nigerian government and government of the Republic of Czech.
“And so, on this visit, in furtherance of our desire to widen the horizon of cooperation between the Ministry of Interior and the Czech Republic, I wish to state the possibility of transfer convicted prisoners, the possibility of Visa waiver between Nigeria and Czech Republic, including diplomatic and official passports.”
Earlier, the Czech Republic Ambassador who led the delegation told the minister that they were there to assist Nigeria to curb terrorism.