BREAKING: Border Closure Confirmed by Customs in Response to ECOWAS Directive

The closure of all borders between Nigeria and the Republic of Niger has been officially confirmed by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

The NCS acting comptroller-general, Adewale Adeniyi, made this announcement while addressing the Illela border community in Sokoto state. Adeniyi emphasized that the border closure is not an act of war but rather a measure taken in line with the directive of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which has temporarily suspended the movement of cargo….CONTINUE READING

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Adeniyi stated: “My purpose here is to reaffirm the instructions of President Bola Tinubu, who not only holds the position of the commander in chief of the federal republic of Nigeria but also serves as the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). As we are all aware, one of the chairman’s responsibilities is to foster trade among ECOWAS members. Yet, trade cannot flourish in an environment lacking peace.

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Therefore, the government’s intent is to harmonize the interplay between trade and security. It’s with this objective in mind that the ECOWAS heads of states decided to temporarily suspend trade with our neighboring country, the Republic of Niger.

Nevertheless, additional measures are concurrently being pursued on the diplomatic front. Engagements are underway with the authorities in Niger to ensure a peaceful resolution to the crisis. Thus, we wish to underscore that the border closure is a temporary measure and will remain so until a definitive resolution to the situation in the Niger Republic is reached.

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It is important to stress that this closure does not signify a state of war with the Niger Republic, and no such declaration has been made.” Adeniyi’s remarks elucidate the government’s rationale for the border closure, which aims to ensure peace and stability while diplomatic efforts are pursued to address the ongoing crisis in the neighboring country….CONTINUE READING