DSS Reveals Impact Of Border Closure On Nigeria

The Department of State Services (DSS) has given some insights on the effect of the closure of the land borders by the Nigerian government.

Recall that the Nigerian government recently closed its land borders to curb smuggling activities.

This singular act by the government has attracted both condemnations and commendations both locally and internationally frontiers. While some argue that it will only have a negative impact on the country’s economy, others have hailed it as the catalyst to spur the economy to an envious growth.

The land borders are, however, expected to be reopened on January 31, 2020.

This was revealed in a circular dated November 1, 2019 (NCS/ENF/ABJ/221/S.45) and signed by the Comptroller of Customs in charge of enforcement, Victor David Dimka, to the Sector Coordinators, joint border operations drill (Exercise Swift Response), Sectors 1, 2, 3 & 4.

Commenting on the border closure, Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi commended President Muhammadu Buhari-led government on the closure of the nation’s borders.

He said that the closure of the nation’s borders has helped to stop illicit traffic of firearms.

Bichi noted that these measures by the government will improve the security of the country.

He said this over the weekend during the graduation ceremony of 63 participants of the Executive Intelligence Management Course 12 at the National Institute of Security Studies, Abuja.

Bichi said: “Despite criticism, the closure of our borders, so far, has succeeded in checkmating smuggling of goods that are illegally brought into this country.

“It has also stopped trafficking in firearms, and checkmating the movement of people that are likely to undermine the security of this country.”

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