Relief as President Buhari orders re-opening of Idiroko border, others


News reaching this medium indicated that President Buhari has ordered the re-opening of Idiroko border in Ogun State, and three others.

Recall that the President had in December 2020 opened the Seme, Mfun borders in the Southwest, Ilela and Maigatari borders in the Northwest.

These borders were shut in 2019 as the government believed that arms and ammunitions were being smuggled into the country through them, as insecurity stared the country in the face.

In the addition to the re-opening of Idiroko border, three others which have been ordered re-opened are Jibia (Katsina State), Kamba (Kebbi State) and Ikom (Cross River State).

Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs, EI Edorhe, disclosed this in a circular on Friday issued behalf of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hammed Ali. The circular is addressed to Assistant Controllers General/Zonal coordinators, among others.

Find the content of the circular below:

“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 additional borders listed below have been approved for re-opening: Idiroko border post, Ogun State (South-West Zone), Jibiya border post, Katsina State (North-West Zone), Kamba border post, Kebbi State (North-West Zone)  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.”

Recall also that scores of Yoruba nation agitators, mostly youths have taken their agitation to the border community in Ogun State as the youths on Saturday, May 29, 2021, and attempted to forcefully reopened the Idiroko land border.

Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service manning the border town between Nigeria and the Republic of Benin were reported to have swiftly repelled the youths.

Residents of Ogun State, by extension South West have expressed their dismay at the continued closure of the Idiroko border before its re-opening.

Definitely the re-opening would bring relief to them, especially those whose communities share boundaries with the Republic of Benin, as commercial activities would blossom once more.






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