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Customs chief, Adeniyi says reviewing objectives of land borders closure

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The Acting Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Wale Adeniyi has said that the government is reviewing the objectives of land border closure as some of the borders with neighbouring countries closed by last administration are yet to be reopened.

Adeniyi’s clarification came on the heel of speculations that President Bola Tinubu has reopened all of Nigeria’s international borders.

The Customs boss, who spoke to journalists after his meeting with President Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday, said some selected strategic borders were reopened in 2022, and a review process is currently underway to assess the objectives of the border closure.

In 2019, Nigeria closed its borders with neighboring Benin, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. In 2020 however, ex-President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the reopening of borders in Seme in Lagos, Illela in Sokoto, Maigatari in Jigawa, and Mfum in Cross River.

Also in April 2022, Buhari ordered the reopening of four more borders including Idiroko in Ogun, Jibiya in Katsina, Kamba in Kebbi, and Ikom in Cross River.

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The Acting Customs CG said he would visit the Republic of Benin to engage in discussions with their Customs Administration as part of efforts to enhance border security and regional integration which aims to foster collaboration, address border security concerns, facilitate importation across the border, and explore technological solutions to complex border challenges.

“It is not true that all Nigerian borders have been opened. The status quo ante still exists in the borders. If you remember that the borders were completely shut down in 2018 up until 2022, when some selected strategic borders were reopened, that is the situation as we speak.

“And this was why we had an ad-hoc arrangement of a special unit coordinated by the Office of the NSA to enforce that border closure. But as we speak, about five of them have been reopened.

“Four were initially reopened and two more were opened after that. And that is still the situation. There are ongoing processes to review this situation against the objective of border closure itself.

“And the processes are not yet completed. And of course, when the borders are reopened, it’s not going to be the subject of rumour in any way.

(omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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