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Amid groans of economic hardship, Buhari extends border closure till January 2020

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the closure of Nigeria’s land borders till January 31, 2020.

The President approved the extension despite groans by Nigerians over the prevailing economic situation in the country.

The Deputy Comptroller of Customs in charge of Enforcement, Investigation and Inspectorate, Victor Dimka, said President Buhari approved the extension in a memo dated November 1, 2019, and sent to the sector coordinators.

The memo with reference number NCS/ENF/ABJ/221/S.45 read: “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.


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

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

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