FG didn’t order us to close the border – NIS, Customs explain

by Ranti Joseph

The Nigeria Customs Service and the Nigeria Immigration Services on Tuesday have refuted the allegation that the Federal Government asked for the closure of the border posts in Sokoto and Kebbi states.

It was reported that the officers in charge of Customs and Immigration at the Illela border post in Sokoto State said this when they spoke with newsmen in Illela.

The denial followed speculation that the Federal Government had ordered the closure of the borders in the two states for some undisclosed reasons. “The border post had not been closed and no such directive was given by the Federal Government. Our officers and men are on duty diligently for 24 hours, non-stop,” Agbetuye Peter, the officer in charge of Customs office at the post, said.

He promised to continue to work round the clock to secure the nation’s border with the neighbouring Niger Republic.

Also, Toyin Saka, officer in charge of the Immigration Service corroborated Peter’s views, saying that the speculations were baseless and unfounded. “As you can see, our officers and men are on duty for 24-hours and we are running three shifts to effectively secure Nigeria’s borders,” Saka said.

It was observed that officials of Department of State Services, NAFDAC, NDLEA, Standard Organisation of Nigeria, Police, among others, were seen securing the borders.

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