President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the closure of Nigeria’s border with neighboring countries to January 31, next year.
The exercise code-named operation Exercise Swift Response had resulted in joint border operations by a combined team of security agencies.
The Deputy Comptroller of Customs in charge of Enforcement, Investigation and Inspectorate, Victor Dimka, who conveyed the Presidential directive in a memo to the Sector Coordinators, said 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.
He also added that the need to achieve the strategic objectives of the exercise informed the extension of the border closure by the President. Dimka however assured operatives that are involved in the joint operations that their allowances would be paid.
Furthermore, the comptroller General of the Nigeria customs service, Hammed Ali had on August 20, announced the commencement of “Exercise Swift Response” to sanitize the land borders against smuggling.
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