The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has announced that the country’s land borders will remain closed till next year.

President Muhammadu Buhari approved the extension of the closure until January 31, 2020 with reason hinged on “a few strategic objectives are yet to be achieved”.

This is contained in an official memo signed by the Comptroller (Enforcement) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Mr Victor Dimka.

The memo dated November 1, 2019, was addressed to the Sector Coordinators of the Joint Border Operation Drill.


 “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 an extension of the exercise to 31st January, 2020,” the letter read.

“Consequently, you are requested to convey the development to all personnel for their awareness and guidance.

“Meanwhile, the allowances for personnel sustenance and fuelling of vehicles for the period of extension will be paid as soon as possible,” the memo reads

The Government of Nigeria had in October closed all land borders with neighbouring countries which came after the closure of borders with the Republic of Benin in August.

All the country’s land borders were said to have been closed for the purpose of stopping all forms of smuggling activities.