- Femi Falana has condemned the closure of Nigerian borders by the federal government and has urged for their reopening
- Falana, who is a legal luminary and human rights lawyer, says failure to reopen the borders portends serious repercussions for Nigeria's economy
- The legal luminary says instead of closing borders, the federal government should expose smugglers by arresting and prosecuting them
Legal luminary and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has called on the federal government to open its land borders in the interest of the country.
Falana made the call in a paper on ‘Rule of Law, Good Governance and Economic Development’ delivered at the yearly conference of the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Accra, Ghana.
Falana said that the endorsement of border closure by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is a “deliberate design to weaken ECOWAS regional integration agenda".
He urged the federal government to reopen the borders without any delay, adding that failure to do so portends serious repercussions for Nigeria's economy.
The paper read in part: “Instead of resorting to the unilateral closure of borders, the Federal Government should drag Benin Republic and Niger to the ECOWAS Court of Justice for breaching the ECOWAS Protocol by allegedly encouraging the smuggling of petrol, rice and other products.
“In the alternative, smuggling should be addressed like terrorism, which is being jointly combated by Nigeria and her neighbours.
“Nigeria should stop punishing law-abiding corporate bodies and citizens because of the criminal activities of a few trans-border smugglers."
The human rights lawyer called on the federal government to expose smugglers by arresting and prosecuting them.
He said: "The smugglers in Nigeria and the neighbouring countries are well known by the security agencies. Without official connivance, the crime of smuggling cannot thrive in the region.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Kasapreko Company Limited, the manufacturer of Alomo Bitters, lost about $2 million in revenue following the border closure by the Nigeria government.
The disclosure was made by the company's head of international business development, Francis Holly Adzah.
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