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‘Nigerian govt not done with border closures; January 2020 only end of phase one’

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Sunday denied that the closure of Nigeria’s borders will end on January 31, 2020 as contained in a leaked memo.

According to the NCS, January 31, 2020 is only the end of the first phase of the operation and not the terminal date of the entire border closure.

The Public Relations Officer, NCS, Mr Joseph Attah, stated this in an interview with newsmen on Sunday.

Attah explained that the borders would remain closed indefinitely until the objectives of the government for the operation had been fully achieved.

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He said: “This is not the terminal date; it’s just for this phase. You know operations of this type are in phases. January 31, 2020 is the end of this phase. The exercise will continue until the set objectives are achieved.”

The Customs spokesman explained further that security officers on the field would be notified of further development about the second phase of the border closure before January 31.

It would be recalled that the Comptroller General, NCS, Hameed Ali, had declared that the borders would remain closed until Nigeria’s neighbours decide to respect ECOWAS protocol concerning trade within the subregion.

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