DG Yusuf Bichi with DSS officials.

The Department of State Services (DSS) has given some insights on the effect of the closure of the land borders by the Nigerian government.

The Nigerian government closed its land borders in September in order to curb smuggling activities.

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This has attracted both condemnations and commendations both locally and internationally, with some arguing that it only has a negative impact on the country’s economy, while others say it is catalyst to spur the economy to an envious height.

But the country is expected to reopen its borders on January 31, 2020.

This was revealed in 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.

Reacting, the Director-General of DSS, Yusuf Bichi, commended the President Muhammadu Buhari administration on the closure of the nation’s borders.

He said that the closure of the nation’s borders had helped to stop illicit traffic of firearms.

Bichi noted that these measures by the government would improve the security of the country.

He said this over the weekend during the graduation ceremony of 63 participants of the Executive Intelligence Management Course 12 at the National Institute of Security Studies, Abuja.

Bichi said: “Despite criticism, the closure of our borders, so far, has succeeded in checkmating smuggling of goods that are illegally brought into this country.

“It has also stopped trafficking in firearms, and checkmating the movement of people that are likely to undermine the security of this country.”