According to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), President Bola Tinubu has not yet opened all of the land borders that had previously been closed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s previous administration.
According to NGOLADITV Buhari closed all land borders in 2019 to prevent the unlawful entrance of certain products, such as imported parboiled rice and guns.
Some of the land borders were reopened by the Buhari administration two years later, while others have remained closed despite Nigerians’ calls for them to be opened.
A few people have recently started spreading an old video on social media in which Bamidele Makinde, the Controller of the NCS, Ogun 1 Area Command, can be seen removing the barriers at the Idiroko border crossing with the Benin Republic.
The video was being shared with the caption stating that Tinubu has reopened land borders.
Reacting, the NCS Controller said the Tinubu administration has not ordered the reopening of all land borders.
According to him, the Buhari administration in 2022 reopened the Idiroko border and a few others, saying other ones remain closed until further directives from the Federal Government.
Bamidele disclosed that except for the Idiroko entry, the remaining approved borders in Ogun State like Ijofin, Imeko, Ijoun and Ohunbe are still under lock and key.
“It is only Idiroko that is open now; the others are still under lock,” he said, asking the masses to disregard the viral video.
Makinde, while addressing newsmen in Abeokuta, maintained that customs officers are public servants, whose duty is to implement government policies.
“Now, we have a new administration. A new administration will come with its own policies. There should not be any misconceptions. We are just public servants, we implement policies. Whatever Abuja says, we do,” he added.
He emphasised that, “Idiroko border is open 24/7, but the others, if you do business in those borders, we will seize your goods.