After over two years of shutting the land borders due to influx of smuggling, the Federal Government has approved the re-opening of Idiroko, Jibiya, Kamba and Ikom borders.
The borders were shut in October, 15, 2019, But in December 2020, the Federal Executive Council (FEC), announced the immediate re-opening of four out of the eight major land borders; Seme, Illela, Maigatari and Mfun leaving out Idiroko, Jibiya, Kamba and Ikom.
However, the Nigeria Customs Service in a circular obtained by DAILY TREND and signed by Deputy Comptroller General, Enforcement and Inspection, DCG, E.I Edorhe, titled, ‘re-opening of four additional Nigerian border Posts’, directed the immediate re-opening of the other four land borders.
According to him, all Customs formations and Joint Border Patrol Teams (JBPTs), should ensure proper manning in compliance with extant operational guidelines.
The circular reads, “Sequel to the presidential directive dated 16 December, 2020 granting approval for phased reopening of land borders namely, Mfum, Seme, Illela and Maigatari borders across the country, i am directed to inform you that four additonal borders stated below have been approved for re-opening.
“The borders are, Idiroko border post, Ogun State (South-West Zone); Jibiya border post, Katsina State (North-West Zone; Kamba border post, Kebbi State (North-West Zone) and ikom border post, Cross River State (South-South Zone).
“Consequently, all Customs formations and JBPTs are to take note and ensure that proper manning takes place in compliance with extant operational guidelines. 4. Above is forwarded for your information and compliance.” he stated.