The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has gotten approval to keep Nigeria’s land border closed till January 31, 2020.
The memo approved by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari reads in quotes:
“I am directed to inform you that it is observed that despite the overwhelming success of the operation, particularly the security and economic benefits to the nation, a few strategic objectives are yet to be achieved.
“Against this background, Mr. President has approved the extension of the exercise to January 31, 2020.
“Consequently, you are requested to convey the development to all personnel for their awareness and guidance.
“Meanwhile, allowance for personnel sustenance and fuelling of vehicles for the period of extension will be paid as soon as possible.
“This is for your information and necessary action, please.”
The border of Nigeria with other African countries have been closed since October to check the issue of rice smuggling into the country.