- Over N2.3 trillion worth of contraband seized in three months
- Seized goods include expired rice
- Guns and other assorted ammunition
- Closure of borders to remain indefinitely
The Nigeria customs Service (NCS) said huge achievements have been made barely three months land borders in Nigeria were closed.
On August 20, 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the closure of all land borders in the country, which according to the joint border security exercise led to the seizure of over N2.3tn worth of contraband, InfomediaNG learnt.
Code-named Exercise Swift Response, the exercise is being coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser.
Members of Exercise Swift Response are drawn from:
- Nigeria Customs Service
- Nigeria Immigration Service,
- Nigeria Police Force
- Nigerian Army.
Speaking, the spokesperson for the Joint Border Security Exercise and National Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Customs Service, Joseph Attah, listed the seized items to include guns, ammunition, rice, vehicles, drugs and jerrycans of petrol.
Attach siad the joint border security, consisting of all the agencies working together, had recorded some achievements, while the NCS as a separate entity had recorded some feats as well.
Achievements of Nigeria border closure
Attach listed the following as some of the achievements of border closure in Nigeria within three months:
- Seized Products valued at N2,309,336,000,880 (as at October 30, 2019
- 437,225 jerrycans of petrol
- 363 vehicles
- 32,814 bags of rice
- Several drugs
- Ammunition and guns
- Arrest of 203 illegal migrants
- Eight traffickers
Presidents Akufo-Adodo, Talon want borders opened
Meanwhile, two neighbouring African leaders Presidents Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Patrice Talon of Benin Republic said Nigeria’s border closure has affected their economy.
Benin Republic which is mostly affected pleaded with President Buhari to reconsider his decision on border closure.
But the Nigerian leader had during a meeting with his Beninoi counterpart, Patrice Talon, on the margins of the Seventh Tokyo International conference for African Development, in Yokohama, Japan on August 28, 2019 said the partial closure of Nigeria’s borders with the Benin Republic was to curb smuggling of rice through that corridor as well as secure Nigeria’s land and maritime borders.
On his part, Akufo-Addo said on Tuesday while addressing the delegation of a commercial bank from Nigeria that he was optimistic that talks between his country and Nigeria over the closure of the land borders would yield a positive result.
“There is a lot of room for continuing talks between Nigeria and Ghana in order for a breakthrough to be reached,” he added.
Some Nigerians have also said the closure of the land borders has affected their businesses.
But, the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col Hameed Ali (retd.), had earlier said that the closure would be in force indefinitely until neighbouring countries complied with the ECOWAS protocols on transit of goods.
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