estimated at N3.5 billion have so far been apprehended with the partial closure
of its land and maritime borders with neighbouring countries.
Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Monday at Seme, a border town
between Nigeria and Benin Republic.
and assessment of the potency of the border closure directive.
Ministers of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema,
Minister of State, Finance and National Planning, Clement Agba.
Babagana Monguno (rtd), Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mohammed Babandede
and the Comptroller-General of Customs who was represented by a Deputy
Comptroller-General are in the delegation.
inspection, the minister said no fewer than 296 illegal immigrants had been
arrested during the ongoing exercise.
exercise has recorded a number of seizures and arrests that would have had
grave security consequences.
38,743-50kg bags of parboiled foreign rice, 514 vehicles, 1,012 drums filled
with PMS, 5,400 Jerri cans of vegetable oil, 346 motorcycles, 10, 553 Jerri
cans of PMS and 136 bags of NPK fertilizer used for making explosives.
apprehended items is about ₦3,5 billion,’’ he said.
closure had so far curbed the smuggling of foreign rice into the country, in
addition to other prohibited items.
closure, Niger Republic had already circulated an order banning exportation of
rice in any form to Nigeria.
engagements with Rice Miller Association of Nigeria since the commencement of
this exercise, has shown that the border closure has enhanced more production
and milling of Nigerian rice.
increased and farmers are expanding their farms as well as engaging more hands.
diversion of petroleum products from Nigeria to neighbouring countries.
impacted positively on revenue generation of the Federal Government which in
turn will be used to build more infrastructure and develop critical sectors of
the nation’s economy,” he said.
illicit drugs and weapons being used for act of terrorism and kidnapping in
Nigeria come in through the porous borders.
partial closure, the acts had been drastically reduced.
ammunition these terrorists and criminal elements were using no longer gain
access into the country.
the health and the well-being of Nigerians have equally been reduced,” he said.
provided a platform for the various participating agencies to jointly operate
together thereby strengthening inter-agency collaboration and reducing
the measure in August to address the numerous trans-borders economic and
security challenges confronting the nation.
kidnapping, smuggling, illegal migrants and proliferation of light weapons
foreign goods, especially food items like rice has continuously impoverished
our farmers and adversely affected domestic government policies supporting the
agricultural sector to enhance food security,” he said.
countries for circumventing the ECOWAS protocol on transit.
transit demands that when a transit container berths at a seaport, the
receiving country is mandated to escort same without tampering with the seal to
the border of the destination country.
that our neighbours do not comply with this protocol. Rather, they break the
seals of containers at their ports and trans-load goods destined for Nigeria,”
government through diplomatic channels would continue to engage its neighbours
to agree to comply with the ECOWAS Protocol on Transit.
(NAN), Babatunde Humpe representing Badagry Federal Constituency in the House
of Representatives said though the closure had its negative effects on his
people, they are in support of the decision by the government.
would at the end of the day be beneficial to the people in terms of economic
development and security.
to be law abiding, bear the pains and support the government. (NAN)