Customs reopen land border in Kebbi

THE Controller, Nigeria Customs Service, Kebbi State command, Iheanacho Ojike, has reopened the Kamba land border.

This was contained in a statement signed by the spokesman of the command, Mohammed Saliu on Sunday, March 17.

The development follows the directive of President Bola Tinubu on the immediate reopening of the land border with the Niger Republic.

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Ojike said Kamba is a strategic border with a major share in Kebbi State revenue generation.

“The border reopening was aimed at paving the way for legitimate trade that would impact positively on nation building, not permission for the importation of prohibited items that would threaten the economy and compromise national security,” the statement reads. 



    “Men of the command are ever ready to facilitate legitimate trade and act within the ambit of the law to simplify trade across the Kamba border seamlessly as long as stakeholders import what is permitted by Customs extant laws, make a proper declaration, and pay appropriate duties to the Federal Government coffers,” it added.

    He stressed that food grains are still prohibited for exportation out of the country, considering the scarcity of food in the country.

    Recall that President Bola Tinubu ordered the reopening of Nigeria’s land and air borders with Niger Republic in compliance with the directive by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

    According to him, other sanctions imposed on the West African countries such as the suspension of all commercial and financial transactions between Nigeria and Niger, as well as the freezing of all service transactions, including utility services and electricity were also lifted.

    Nurudeen Akewushola is an investigative reporter and fact-checker with The ICIR. He believes courageous in-depth investigative reporting is the key to social justice, accountability and good governance in society. You can reach him via [email protected] and @NurudeenAkewus1 on Twitter.

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