Nigeria Customs Service reopens Illela land border in Sokoto state

Nigeria Customs Service reopens Illela land border in Sokoto state

- The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has begun the process of reopening land borders in adherence to FG's directive

- The Sokoto/Zamfara command of the customs raised concerns over illegal activities along Illela border

- The area commander, Abdulhamid Ma’aji spoke on the benefits the reopening of Illela border will have on surrounding communities

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The Illela border in Sokoto state was on Tuesday, January 5, reopened by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS).

The reopening ceremony was performed by the customs area controller in charge of the Sokoto/Zamfara command, Abdulhamid Ma’aji, Premium Times reported.

Nigeria Customs Service reopens Illela land border in Sokoto state
The comptroller-general of customs, Hameed Ali attending a function. Photo: Nigeria Customs Service
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He said the federal government’s ban on rice importation into Nigeria was still in force.

The ceremony was witnessed by dignitaries from Nigeria and Niger Republic.

The border was opened three weeks after the federal executive council directed that it and three others be reopened for transit and commercial purposes.

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According to The Punch, Ma’aji said economic activities would return to Illela and its environs following the reopening of the border.

The area commander said:

“The closure of the border was because of abuse of protocols. What is now expected is adherence to rules and guidelines.
“Now that the border is opened for operation now, let me appeal to every residents of Illela and Kwani for their cooperation. I want to assure you that the Nigeria Customs Service and its sister agencies are ready to be professional in discharging our duties."

He said many contraband items in Nigeria were brought into the country through land borders.

Meanwhile, Shehu Sani on Wednesday, December 16, reacted to the reopening of the land borders saying the closure inflicted hardship on Nigerians and worsened the economic situation of the nation.

The former Kaduna federal lawmaker who made the disclosure during an online interview programme.

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Sani countered the earlier claim made by the federal government that the 16-month border closure helped boost the country’s agricultural output or rice production, noting that it wasn't true

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