The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) on Sunday clarified that there is no specific date fixed for the reopening of borders, which have been partially closed since August.
The NCS made this clarification following the quoted memo by the online media that Nigeria borders will be reopened by January ending.
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, which 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.
“Security operation of this kind is usually in phases. The partial border closure will continue until the set objectives are achieved.”
Meanwhile, ‘ogun’ worshipers in Republic of Benin, have decried border closure, stressing that it has negative effect on their people and the country’s economy.
In a video released on social media, the ogun worshipers were seen appeasing their gods to aid them in the reopening of Nigeria-Seme/Idiroko borders.
The video content showed an aggrieved man praying for those that have been indebted due to border closure and also raining curses on Nigeria customs who he claimed have been extorting the Beninois of money even before the border development.