Nigeria’s land border with Benin Republic at Seme, close to Badagry, Lagos State, remained closed, greater than a day after the Federal Authorities introduced its reopening on Wednesday.
Recall that the Minister of Finance, Funds and Nationwide Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, on Wednesday introduced the fast reopening of 4 land borders after the Federal Government Council assembly held just about in Abuja.
A correspondent of the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN), who visited Seme on Thursday night, reviews that human and vehicular motion throughout the border put up was restricted because the frontier remained beneath lock.
Intending travellers have been denied exit at Seme by officers of Nigeria Immigration Service who claimed that they have been but to get the formal directive to reopen the border.
An official of Nigeria Customs Service, who pleaded anonymity, instructed NAN that safety companies on the border put up have been nonetheless anticipating official directives to reopen the border.
He mentioned, “We heard in regards to the reopening of the 4 land borders from the information on Wednesday, however we’re nonetheless ready for directives from the pinnacle workplace in Abuja.
“We are able to’t simply open the border like that. As you’ll be able to see, when the border was closed, they launched Joint Border Patrol which contains Military, Immigration, Police and Customs.
“Anytime they ask us to open the border, we’ll open it,” he added.
NAN additionally reviews that motion restrictions and checking of products and automobiles remained in place at greater than 20 checkpoints mounted by Customs, Immigration and Police alongside Badagry Expressway.
Additionally, business actions have been but to select up on the Seme market because of the continued closure of the border.
A dealer on the common Seme market, Mrs Funke Senapon, appealed to the Federal Authorities to order the officers to reopen the border.
She mentioned that residents and merchants who have been rejoicing in regards to the information of the reopening have been dissatisfied after they found that the border had not been opened.