President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the closure of Nigeria’s border to January 31, 2020.
The Presidential directive was contained in a memo made available by Deputy Comptroller General of Customs in charge of Enforcement, Investigation and Inspectorate, Victor Dimka, on Sunday. The memo with reference number NCS/ENF/ABJ/221/S.45, and marked “Restricted” was dated November 1, 2019.
The memo reads in part, “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 yet 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.”