‘There Is No Closure’, Immigration Explains Activities At Nigerian Borders

Khadijat Lawal and Akinola Ajibola  
Updated August 26, 2019
(FILE) Comptroller-General of NIS, Mr Muhammed Babandede, speaks during an interview with Channels Television.

 

 

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Monday clarified the controversy surrounding the reports on the closure of the nation’s borders.

Contrary to the reports, the Comptroller-General of NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede, stated that no border has been closed.

He, however, explained that the Service was conducting an operation with the Nigeria Customs Service at the borders.

“There is no border closure, but there was a border drill and there was an announcement from the office of the National Security Adviser,” Babandede said during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

He added, “Our spokesperson for the closure is the Nigeria Customs because this operation is jointly carried out by the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Customs; it is a border drill.

“You know very well that a safe border is a safe nation. So we are securing these borders for our national interest.”

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The Immigration boss further highlighted the gains of the exercise carried out at various borders of the country.

According to him, those who think they can make money by “dumping anything” in the country have been blocked.

Babandede noted that the security agencies have also prevented those making attempts to come into Nigeria without the required travelling documents and records.

He said, “I’m glad to say windows have been opened for people to pass through these borders from 6am to 6pm, but must enter with travelling documents and with visa if visa is required.

“It’s not a closure, it’s a border drill and Nigeria will do everything it can to protect its integrity, its border, its economy, and its people.”












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