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Nigeria: Reopened Borders Could Still Be Shut If Need Be, Presidency Warns

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The presidency yesterday said the federal government could close the borders again if there is any to do so.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made this known while speaking on a live television programme.

He said the government was still studying activities at four of the nation’s land borders which were reopened last week, adding that the government may close the borders again if there is “trouble”.

The federal government had on December 16 ordered the immediate reopening of the Seme Border in Lagos State, Illela Border in Sokoto State, Maigatari Border in Jigawa State, and Mfun Border in Cross River State.

Nigeria had in August 2019 closed its land borders to curtail illegal importation of drugs, small arms and agricultural products into the country from neighbouring West African nations.

But the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, announced last Wednesday after a Federal Executive Council meeting that the presidential committee set up on the matter had completed its job and had recommended the reopening of the borders.

The minister also said the President approved the immediate reopening of the four borders while other borders would be reopened hopefully before December 31, 2020.

But speaking on Tuesday, Shehu lamented that Nigeria’s neighbours had not cooperated with the country to curtail the influx of bandits and small weapons which he claimed are fueling the insecurity in Nigeria.