No date yet to reopen borders, says Customs



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No date yet to reopen borders, says Customs

 John Ofikhenua, Abuja and Muyiwa Lucas



 

THERE is no date yet for the reopening of borders that have been partially closed since August, the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), clarified on Sunday.



The clarification came on the heels of a social media report that the borders would be reopened on January 31.

The report referred to a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to the NCS, setting January 31, 2020, as the terminal date for the border closure.

Responding to the report, the NCS Public Relations Officer, Mr. Joseph Attah, explained that the internal memo the online media quoted did not set any date for the reopening of the borders.

He said the memo was only referring to the terminal date of the joint security outfit, Ex Swift Response.

Attah insisted that the partial border closure would last till the achievement of its set objectives.

“Please, note that the internal memo is referring to the end of this phase of the joint security Ex Swift Response and not a terminal date for the partial border closure.

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“Security operation of this kind is usually in phases. The partial border closure will continue until the set objectives are achieved.”

The memo addressed to all sector coordinators of Joint Border Operation Drill (Exercise Swift Response) sectors 1, 2, 3 and 4, urged compliance.

It was signed by Comptroller Victor David Dimka, the Comptroller (Enforcement) at the NCS headquarters, on behalf of Deputy Comptroller General (E,I &I) is titled: Re-Extension of Exercise Swift Response.

The memo, dated November 1, 2019, reads: “I am directed to inform you that it is observed that despite the overwhelming success of the operation, particularly the security and economic benefits to the nation, a few strategic objectives are yet to be achieved.

“Against this background, Mr President has approved an extension of the Exercise to January 31, 2020.

“Consequently, you are required to convey the development to all personnel for their awareness and guidance.

“Meanwhile, allowances for personnel sustenance and fuelling of vehicles for the period of extension will be paid as soon as possible. This is for your information and necessary action.”

No date yet to reopen borders, says Customs

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