President on Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has extended the closure of Nigeria’s Border with neighbouring countries to 31st January, 2019.
This was conveyed through a memo delivered by the Deputy Comptroller of Customs in charge of Enforcement, Investigation and Inspectorate, Victor Dimka, to the Sector Coordinators.
The memo with reference number NCS/ENF/ABJ/221/S.45, and marked “Restricted” was dated November 1, 2019.
The President through the memo said that despite the overwhelming success of the operation, particularly the security and economic benefits to the nation, a few strategic objectives are yet to be achieved.
It also assured operatives that are involved in the joint operations that their allowances would be paid.
I am directed to inform you that it is observed that despite the overwhelming success of the operation, particularly the security and economic benefits to the nation, a few strategic objectives are you to be achieved.
Against this background, Mr President has approved the extension of the exercise to January 31, 2020.
Consequently, you are requested to convey the development to all personnel for their awareness and guidance.
Meanwhile, allowance for personnel sustenance and fuelling of vehicles for the period of extension will be paid as soon as possible.
This is for your information and necessary action, please.
The exercise code-named operation “Exercise Swift Response” had resulted in joint border operations by a combined team of security agencies.
Confirming the situation, Public Relations Officer, NCS, Mr Joseph Attah confirmed the development in a telephone interview with Punch on Sunday, 3rd November.