Jubilation in Seme border

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, ordered the immediate reopening of four land borders.

The Presidency made this known in a tweet Wednesday; “President Buhari has directed the immediate opening of four land borders: Seme, Illela, Maigatari, and Mfun,” @NGRPresident tweeted.


Nigeria had in August 2019 closed its land borders to curtail illegal importation of drugs, small arms and agricultural products into country from neighbouring West African nations.


The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, had last month hinted on the reopening of the nation’s borders.

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Ahmed had said the presidential committee set up on the matter had completed its job and had recommended the reopening of the borders.

Meanwhile, a large number of stakeholders and residents of Seme border community have expressed their joy at the development and commended Buhari for reopening the land borders.


The Onimeke of Imekeland, Oba Abraham Ogabi, also said that the reopening of the land border was a welcome development.


Ogabi said the closure had paralysed socioeconomic activities of border communities which relied on the trade between Republic of Benin and Badagry communities.

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“We are in the border area, some of our people are married to their women and we do legitimate business with them.

“But the closure has affected our socioeconomic relationship with the border communities of Benin Republic.


“We thank the President and members of the FEC for reopening of the land borders,” he said.

Also speaking, the Alashipa of Ashipa in Badagry, Alhaji Shehu Ayeni, said the closure had affected his community which shared land borders with Republic of Benin.


The traditional ruler, however, appealed to the government to ensure security operatives were posted to necessary points in the area to block the influx of contraband into the country.

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Ayeni said the reopening of the Seme land border would put smiles on the faces of many residents of the community.


While Seme Border in Lagos State, Illela Border in Sokoto State, Maigatari Border in Jigawa State, and Mfun Border in Cross River State have been opened, other borders would be reopened before December 31, 2020, she stated.





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