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Buhari extends closure of borders, reveals reopening date

President Muhammadu Buhari approved the extension of joint border operations with the code-named Exercise Swift Response.

The exercise led to the total closure of land borders throughout the country.

Land borders should reopen on 31 January 2020.

This was revealed in a circular dated November 1, 2019 (NCS/ENF/ABJ/221/S.45) and signed by the customs controller responsible for the application, Victor David Dimka, to the sector coordinators, who pretended to have joint border operations (rapid response for the year), sectors 1, 2, 3 and 4,

The head of customs told them to note the new development and to comply accordingly.

The circular reads:“I am directed to inform you that it is observed that despite the overwhelming success of the operation, particularly the security and economic benefits to the nation, a few strategic objectives are you to be achieved.

“Against this background, Mr President has approved the extension of the exercise to January 31, 2020.

“Consequently, you are requested to convey the development to all personnel for their awareness and guidance.

“Meanwhile, allowance for personnel sustenance and fuelling of vehicles for the period of extension will be paid as soon as possible.

“This is for your information and necessary action, please.”

On August 20, the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, announced the commencement of “Exercise Swift Response” to sanitise the land borders against smuggling.