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The Federal Government approved the reopening of four more land borders that had been closed since August 2019 as part of efforts to combat smuggling and increase local rice production.

The borders were listed as Idiroko border post in Ogun State, Jibiya border post in Katsina State, Kamba border post in Kebbi State, and Ikom border post in Cross River State in a circular issued by the Nigeria Customs Service and signed by Deputy Comptroller-General E. I. Edorhe on behalf of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali.

“Sequel to the Presidential directive dated December 16, 2020, granting approval for the phased reopening of land borders namely; Mfum, Seme, Illela, and Maigatari borders across the country, I am directed to inform you that four additional borders listed below have been approved for re-opening,” the circular read.

“Idiroko border post (South-West Zone); Jibiya border post (North-West Zone); Kamba border post (North-West Zone); and Ikom border post (Cross River State)” (South-South Zone).

As a result, all Customs formations and Joint Border Patrol Teams should be aware of the situation and ensure that sufficient manning is carried out in accordance with existing operating rules.”

“Above is forwarded for your information and compliance,” the circular said, copying all Assistant Comptrollers-General/Zonal Coordinators, Area Controllers, Comptroller, Federal Operations Unit & Marine Commands, Comptroller, Customs Intelligent Unit, JBPT Sector Coordinators, Strike Force Commanders, and Heads of Units.

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