African countries should focus on enhanced border security to stem movement of fighters linked to designated terrorist networks, an official of the International Organisation for Migration said on Thursday.

The Senior Migration Border Management Specialist at IOM East and Horn of Africa Regional Office Marcellino Ramkishun said that enhanced screening at ports of entry across Africa is key to detect terrorists and their financiers.

Senior Migration Border Management Specialist at IOM East and Horn of Africa Regional Office Marcellino Ramkishun

He said that improved management of migrant’s data will boost the capacity of custom officials to detect risky travelers like terrorists, human and drug traffickers.

He observed that uncontrolled migration is likely to fuel terrorism in African hotspots like the Sahel and greater Horn of African region.

He said that multilateral institutions have partnered with African governments to strengthen border management amid spike in trans-national crimes.

 He said that border security has gradually improved across Africa thanks to adoption of modern technology as well as capacity development for immigration officers.