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Nigeria Customs Reacts To Seme Border Closure

Update On Restriction Of Movement On Seme Border
Passengers groan over long delays at Seme (image courtesy: NAN)

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says the closure of the Seme-Krake border is due to the joint security exercise in the area aimed at tackling transborder crimes.

Spokesman for the agency Joseph Attah said that the joint security exercise was simply staged to respond to trans-border crimes and criminality.

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Attah urged the public and travellers who utilise the route to go about their businesses without apprehension.

He explained that the security agencies in the country came together to form a bond and deploy a common response strategy to tackle insecurity in the area.

“Our attention was drawn to what happened at the Seme Border on Wednesday due to a slight misconception but it was immediately resolved,” he said.

“Whoever has valid document is free to come into the country but those without legitimate documents will not be allowed into our country.

“The initial take-off of the joint security exercise commenced on Tuesday afternoon. For people to see increased security operatives at the border, it is normal that there could be a misconception.”

The federal government had set up inter-security task force to conduct joint border security in four geopolitical zones of the country to tackle insecurity.

Meanwhile, Many travellers groaned on Thursday at Seme border post on the back of restriction of movement around Nigeria’s frontier with Benin Republic, as they were stranded for hours.