Border closure: Extend it to foreign herdsmen - Ortom tells FG
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Border closure: Extend it to foreign herdsmen - Ortom tells FG

The federal government has been called upon to extend its border closure to include foreign herdsmen who allegedly have unfitted access into Nigerian territories with arms to attack communities including those in Benue.

The call was made on Monday, October 21, by the governor of Benue, Samuel Ortom, who lamented that Nigerians cannot afford to live in fear in their own country, Channels reports. gathers that Ortom made the appeal when he visited a female victim of herdsmen attacks whose limb had been amputated over the weekend while working on her farm in Guma local council of Benue state.

Reiterating the need to ban all forms of open grazing in the country, the governor said that ranches should be established for coordination and security profiling of all those keeping herds of animals.

Meanwhile, previously reported that the federal government's closure of Nigeria's land borders was supported by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Abebe Selassie, the director of the African Department at the IMF, made the organisation's position known on the sidelines of the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings in Washington, USA.

Selassie said this while responding to a question on whether the border closure negates the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

He said although free trade was critical to Africa's economic growth and development, it must be legal and in line with agreements.

Selassie said the IMF understood that the Nigerian government closed the border due to smuggling and other illegal trades.

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He, however, called for a speedy resolution of the issues surrounding the border closure, noting that it is already adversely affecting the economies of the neighbouring countries. ( -> We have updated to serve you better


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