The State Services Department, DSS, spoke about the federal government’s impact of closing land borders.
To counter smuggling activities, the Nigerian government sealed its land borders.
The exercise led to a total shutdown of land frontiers across the country.
The land borders are expected to be reopened 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, to the Sector Coordinators, joint border operations drill (Exercise Swift Response), Sectors 1, 2, 3 & 4.
The closure of borders has since generated criticisms and approvals from well-meaning Nigerians and institutions.
Speaking on the development, Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi commended President Muhammadu Buhari-led government on the closure of the nation’s borders.
According to him, the closure of the nation’s borders has helped to stop illicit traffic of firearms.
Bichi noted that these measures by the government will improve the security of the country.
During the graduation ceremony of 63 Executive Intelligence Management Course 12 participants at the National Institute of Security Studies, Abuja, Daily Trust claims, he said this throughout the weekend.
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 also prevented weapons smuggling and checkmate the movement of people likely to weaken this country’s security.”