The closure of Nigeria’s border with neighbouring countries has been extended to January 31, 2020 has been approved by President Buhari, PUNCH reports.
This was contained in a memo referenced NCS/ENF/ABJ/221/S.45, marked “Restricted” dated November 1, 2019 sent to the Sector Coordinators by Deputy Comptroller of Customs in charge of Enforcement, Investigation and Inspectorate, Victor Dimka.
The memo which conveyed the Presidential directive, obtained by the press, recognized the benefits of the exercise but noted that more strategic objectives are yet to be achieved.
The Public Relations Officer, NCS, Mr Joseph Attah confirmed the development in a telephone interview with PUNCH correspondent on Sunday.
The memo reads in part, “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 yet 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.
“Meanwhile, allowance for personnel sustenance and fuelling of vehicles for the period of extension will be paid as soon as possible.
“This is for your information and necessary action, please.”