Nigerian border to stay closed until end-January, says customs spokesman


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Nigerian border to stay closed until end-January, says customs spokesman

Nigeria, the western-African middle-income country and the 27th-largest economy in the world by nominal GDP (Gross Domestic Product), would keep its land borders locked for any kind of trade until at least end-January 2020, a customs’ spokesman of the Nigerian Government said on Sunday, the 3rd of November 2019, casting further qualms over the nation’s trade relation with neighbouring Benin and Togo having a much-smaller GDP in contrast to Nigeria.

In point of fact, latest comments from Nigerian Customs’ came forth a couple of months after the land-locked country, the largest economy in the Western Africa, had initiated a partial border shut down in a bid to deal with growing smuggle of rice alongside other goods.

Meanwhile, adding further strains over the Western African nation’s relationship with its neighbouring nations with poverties and hungers lying underneath prompting them to smuggle Nigerian rice and other food products, the head of Nigerian customs had blocked all trade through its land borders for an indefinite period of time on September.

Besides, adding that the present phase of land-border closure would continue until January 31st, 2020, a spokesman for the Nigerian Customs, Joseph Attah had been quoted saying late on Sunday (November 3rd) that a slated halt of trade through its land borders up to the end of January might not be the end of a border shutdown.