Border closure: Customs rake in N1.4 billion, arrests 319 suspected smugglers

AFTER the Federal Government’s decision to partially close the western border, and the Nigeria -Niger entry point, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Monday disclosed that the nation has so far saved N1.4 billion as a result of the policy.

Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd), the Controller General of Customs, disclosed this at a briefing in Abuja. He also announced that 317 suspected smugglers and 146 illegal migrants have been arrested within the period.

In a report by Channels, Ali had insisted on the partial border closure adding that the federal government decision has so far yielded anticipated outcomes, despite its effect on the price of imported rice which had significantly increased from N15, 000 to N21, 000 within two months.

He noted that the nation’s consumption of petroleum products has also dropped by 10.2 million litres.

The border was suddenly shut on 19th August after several reported cases of smuggling of agricultural commodities such as rice, tomatoes and livestock.

As a result, the Beninois as well as the regional body, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has continued to lament effect of the border closure.




    Patrice Talon, the President of Benin had in August, during the side-line of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD7), in Yokohama, Japan, pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari over the border closure.

    But Buhari has remained resolute in his decision. Rather, he explained that the nation has already invested so much in reviving its agriculture sector, yet arbitrary importation continued.

    “Now that our people in the rural areas are going back to their farms, and the country has saved huge sums of money which would otherwise have been expended on importing rice using our scarce foreign reserves.

    “We cannot allow smuggling of the product at such alarming proportions to continue,” Buhari stated.

    Olugbenga heads the Investigations Desk at The ICIR. Do you have a scoop? Shoot him an email at [email protected]. Twitter Handle: @OluAdanikin

    Join the ICIR WhatsApp channel for in-depth reports on the economy, politics and governance, and investigative reports.

    Support the ICIR

    We invite you to support us to continue the work we do.

    Your support will strengthen journalism in Nigeria and help sustain our democracy.

    If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here


    Support the ICIR

    We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.

    -Advertisement-

    Most read