The Nigerian government has closed all its land borders with Niger Republic as part of the sanctions on the military junta the country, a decision said to be in the interest of the two countries, with emphasis that security agents would ensure total compliance with the order.
Penpushing reports that the Acting Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Bashir Adeniyi, made this known while visiting the Niger Nigeria border in Jibia, Katsina State on Friday, stressing that President Bola Tinubu is the champion of economic integration in the region and would continue to take the right decisions to ensure stability in West Africa.
The Acting Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service pointed out that with the current development at hands where there is instability and insecurity, the situation does not allow for trade to flourish.
‘President Bola Tinubu is the champion of economic integration in the region and would continue to take the right decisions to ensure stability in West Africa. Now, we have a situation in our hands where there is instability and insecurity. This situation does not allow for trade to flourish.
“We cannot have any meaningful trade in an atmosphere of insecurity and instability that we presently have in Niger Republic. That is why the ECOWAS, through the Authority of the Heads of States, had taken the decision to suspend and close all land borders with the Republic of Niger.
“It is the responsibility of the Nigerian Customs Service, working with other agencies of government, to implement the decision in its entirety. I have gone round some border stations and I am happy with what I have seen in terms of compliance, he said.
Penpushing further reports that Adeniyi who addressed the joint border patrol and met with the economic community in the area commended the synergy among security agents at the borders, emphasizing that the implementation of the closure must be 100 per cent.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is meting sanctions on Niger Republic after its presidential guards toppled President Mohamed Bazoum and announced Abdrahmane Tchiani as the country’s new leader, while electricity supply to Niger Republic was also cut off by Nigeria as part of the sanctions.
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