Nigeria reopens four additional land borders

The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) has announced the reopening of four borders shut since 2020.

Confiance News gathered from a statement issued by the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hammed Ali (rtd) and signed by E. I. Edorhe, a Deputy Controller General.on Friday.

According to statement, the borders are; Idiroko border post, Ogun State (South-West Zone); Jibiya border post, Katsina State (North-West Zone); Kamba border post, Kebbi State (North-West Zone); and Ikom border post, Cross River State (South-South Zone).

Statement by the Nigeria Customs Service. Photo Credit: Olagoke Odeyinka

The statement reads in part, “Sequel to the Presidential directive dated 16 December 2020 granting approval for phased reopening of land borders namely; Mfum, Seme, Illela and Maigatari borders across the country, I am directed to inform you that four additional borders listed below have been approved for re-opening.

“Consequently, all Customs formations and JBPTS are to take note and ensure that proper manning takes place in compliance with extant operational guidelines.”

Confiance News recalls that in the federal government had, in August 2019, ordered a closure of the country’s land borders over illegal importation of drugs, arms and agricultural products into Nigeria from neighbouring West African countries.

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