Breaking: At Last, FG Re-Opens All Land Borders

The Controller Of Ogun Command, Makinde and the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo
After over two years of shutting the land borders due to influx of smuggling of foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry and imported used cars, also known as Tokunbo, the federal government approved the re-opening of Idiroko, Jibiya, Kamba and Ikom borders.
BUSINESSINSIDERNG, recall the federal government in October, 15, 2019, announced the shutting of all land borders to import.
“All goods for now are banned from being exported or imported through our land borders and that is to ensure we have total control over what comes in,” Hameed Ali, comptroller-general of the Nigerian Customs Service said.
In December 2020, the Federal Executive Council (FEC), announced the immediate re-opening of four out of the eight major land borders; Seme, Illela, Maigatari and Mfun leaving out Idiroko, Jibiya, Kamba and Ikom.
However, in a circular obtained by BUSINESSINSIDERNG and , signed by deputy Comptroller General, Enforcement and Inspection, DCG, E.I Edorhe, titled, ‘re-opening of four additional Nigerian border Posts’, the service, directed the immediate re-opening of the other four land borders.
According to him, all Customs formations and Joint Border Patrol Teams (JBPTs), should ensure proper manning in compliance with extant operational guidelines.
The circular reads, “Sequel to the presidential directive dated 16 December, 2020 granting approval for phased reopening of land borders namely, Mfum, Seme, Illela and Maigatari borders across the country, i am directed to inform you that four additonal borders stated below have been approved for re-opening.
“The borders are, Idiroko border post, Ogun State (South-West Zone); Jibiya border post, Katsina State (North-West Zone; Kamba border post, Kebbi State (North-West Zone) and ikom border post, Cross River State (South-South Zone).
“Consequently, all Customs formations and JBPTs are to take note and ensure that proper manning takes place in compliance with extant operational guidelines. 4. Above is forwarded for your information and compliance.”

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