Border Closure: Presidency Speaks On Customs Officers Taking Bribes
Customs Boss, Hameed Ali/ File Photo

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Social Media Aide Lauretta Onochie has said allegations of officers of the Nigerian Customs collecting bribes will be investigated.

Onochie was reacting to a tweet by one Abubakar Aliyu who claimed that Customs officers at the Nigeria-Seme border were taking bribes despite the closure of Nigeria’s borders.

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According to him, Customs officers were taking money from people to cross the border with their goods.

“If Buhari did not know, he should know now that borders are not closed oo. I was at seme border, you give custom money and pass, depending on your car,” he tweeted.

“Big car N100,000 and the smaller ones in price is N50,000 and no receipt. All those customs at borders are making huge money daily.”

While reacting to the claim, Onochie replied: “Thank you for this information. It has been passed on and it’s being investigated.”

Concise News learned that the Nigerian government closed its land borders to tackle smuggling activities.

The land borders are expected to be reopened on January 31, 2020, according to a circular dated November 1, 2019 (NCS/ENF/ABJ/221/S.45) and signed by the Comptroller of Customs in charge of enforcement, Victor David Dimka, to the Sector Coordinators, joint border operations drill (Exercise Swift Response), Sectors 1, 2, 3 & 4.