Controversy ensued at Seme border, Lagos on Wednesday as operatives of the newly launched joint border security, EX-SWIFT RESPONSE commenced operation.
It was gathered that the security men allegedly denied several Nigerians alongside other foreigners access through the border.
Several travelers that turned back at the border claimed the border was shut down.
It was also learnt that some Nigerians who had gone for an international workshop at the Institute of Mathematical Science and Physics, Dangbon, Port Novo, in Benin Republic, were forced to return to the host country, when all entireties on security agents at the border failed.
Meanwhile, Nigerian Customs Service debunked shutting down the border.
It explained that illegal immigrants had only been restricted by the joint security force, EX-SWIFT RESPONSE.
It added that the efforts were to secure the nation’s land and maritime borders, against influx of illegal migrants and other acts of criminalities.
The joint exercise, involves the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS and the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS in collaboration with the Armed Forces on Nigeria, as well as the Nigeria Police Force and other security and intelligence agencies.
The exercise which began on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, is expected to end by September 15, 2019.
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