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Customs CG Adeniyi reaffirms commitment to border closure amidst Niger crisis

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The Acting Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi visited the Ilalela Border Station on Friday to oversee the ongoing implementation of the border closure directive, reiterating the commitment of Nigerian President Bola Tinubu to maintain peace and security in the region.

The closure of the Nigeria-Niger borders came in response to the recent political upheaval in Niger Republic, where a democratically elected government was overthrown. The move was aimed at ensuring stability and security along the shared border.

During the visit, the Customs Chief expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance observed among the residents in the affected areas. He emphasized that the decision to close the border was taken collectively by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), led by President Tinubu, who also chairs the organization.

“The current measure is part of our broader commitment to restore peace and stability to this region,” stated Adeniyi. He emphasized that President Tinubu’s administration remains dedicated to protecting the interests of citizens and businesses, with a focus on promoting trade once normalcy is restored.

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The Customs Chief also addressed concerns about potential revenue implications, assuring that the Service has taken strategic steps to mitigate any adverse effects. He stressed the importance of peace and stability for fostering trade and economic growth.

Engaging with local stakeholders, including traditional rulers, Adeniyi aimed to foster understanding and cooperation among residents affected by the border closure. Alhaji Aminu Dan-Iya, Chairman of the Association of Customs License Agents, encouraged the community to remain calm and see the measure as beneficial in the long run.

In a separate engagement, Adeniyi paid a courtesy visit to Sarkin Gobir of Gwadabawa, Lawali Muhammad Zayyana, seeking support for the Customs Service’s mandates. The CGC acknowledged the significance of maintaining a positive relationship between the community and the service.

The Sarkin Gobir of Gwadabawa expressed his support for the Customs Service and assured Adeniyi of the Emirate’s commitment to a harmonious coexistence.

President Tinubu’s directive to close the border was grounded in the broader goal of ensuring regional stability and restoring democracy in Niger, reflecting Nigeria’s role as a key player in the ECOWAS initiative.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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