the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), says Nigeria’s borders will remain closed
until the country and its neighbours agree on existing ECOWAS protocol on
Maigatari Local Government Area of Jigawa State while fielding questions from
However, if they agree with us tomorrow on the existing laws, then we sign and
update the existing protocol of transit, that’s all.
there are moves to sit with them to make them understand why we are doing what
we are doing and what we want to achieve by doing what we are doing,” Ali said.
borders, he said, “if you check our website, you will see the seizures and
interception we’ve made”.
to completely block the importation of contraband.
illicit goods, and most importantly, stopped the exportation of petroleum
product which is the biggest problem we have,” Ali said.
of foreign rice has stopped and the market for local varieties has risen.
because there was cheap rice, are making brisk business.
So, I think the economy is now picking up and we are grateful for that,” he
goods to the neighbouring countries, Ali said “There must be collateral damage
in this kind of situation. Somebody must miss one or two things.”
insignificant compared to gains recorded through the operation.
cars, cooking oil and other contraband items to pass through their borders into
cooking oil and other illicit goods to pass through its borders to come to
revenue it is our national interest to close our borders until we sit down and
discuss,” Ali said.
for the importation of contraband items into the country would have himself to
of our men. We are trying our best to see that we produce what we consume,
with some of my officers. We’re aware of that.
you know where to go, no compromise and you will have yourself to blame.
on-going Operation Border Drill, said: “This is the first time the entire
military and paramilitary come together to ensure security and wellbeing of
Nigerians, as well as stop human trafficking.
Immigration Service (NIS), Mr Mohammed Babandede, and Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Aliyu
Ndagi, Head of the operation. (NAN)