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Nigeria will abide by agreement reached with neighbours on border issue – Buhari

Nigeria will abide by agreement reached with neighbours on border issue – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday expressed willingness of his administration to implement the decision of the tripartite committee, made up of Nigeria, Benin and Niger, on the partial closure of the country’s land border as soon as the report is received. Speaking at an audience with Mr Bashir Mamman Ifo, outgoing President of the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development ... Read More »

Buhari orders crackdown on security agents undermining border drill

Buhari orders crackdown on security agents undermining border drill

As part of the Federal Government’s effort to ensure food security and improve local production of goods at competitive prices, President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned ‘OPERATION SWIFT RESPONSE’ as a border drill exercise to checkmate the illegal activities of smugglers across our borders. He has also approved respective security agencies to carry out immediate disciplinary actions against operatives undermining the ongoing ... Read More »

Influx of arms and  hard drugs, not just rice, led to border closure, Buhari tells Ghanaian president

Influx of arms and hard drugs, not just rice, led to border closure, Buhari tells Ghanaian president

The partial closure of Nigeria’s borders is not caused solely because food products, particularly rice, were being smuggled into Nigeria, but also because arms and ammunition, as well as hard drugs were being ferried into Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. Holding a bilateral meeting Monday in London at the sidelines of UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020 with President Nana Akufo-Addo ... Read More »

Nigeria’s border closure not meant to punish our neighbours, says Buhari in London

Nigeria’s border closure not meant to punish our neighbours, says Buhari in London

President Muhammadu Buhari Saturday in London said that the partial closure of Nigeria’s borders is not meant to punish her neighbours, but to strengthen the country’s security and economy. At a meeting with a select group of the Nigerian Community in the United Kingdom, the President explained that the period of closure will be used for stock-taking on threats to ... Read More »

Rice smugglers have invited bandits from Niger Republic to ‘clear the borders’ –Gov Masari

Rice smugglers have invited bandits from Niger Republic to ‘clear the borders’ –Gov Masari

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina has put the blame on the new wave of insecurity in the state at the door steps of rice smugglers. He said they have invited bandits from Zamfara State and Niger Republic to clear the closed borders so that they can continue with their nefarious activities. The governor in a series of tweets also ... Read More »

Border Drill: Nigeria’s integrated mills now produce about 150,000 bags of rice daily – Lai Mohammed

Border Drill: Nigeria’s integrated mills now produce about 150,000 bags of rice daily – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (second right); Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono (second left); Assistant Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service in charge of Sector Four, Bashir Abubakar (extreme right) and Chairman of Al-Hamsad Rice Mill, Alhaji Dalhatu Abubakar (extreme left), when a Federal Government delegation visited the rice mill to ... Read More »

Domestic consumption of fuel down by 30 percent due to border closure – Buhari

Domestic consumption of fuel down by 30 percent due to border closure – Buhari

Two months into closure of Nigeria’s land border to curb smuggling activities, especially rice, President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is betting on same measure to rekindle the agriculture sector. The government’s directive will save the country billions of naira on import bills. Receiving a delegation of Katsina State Elders Forum at his country home in Daura, the President said the country’s ... Read More »

Border Closure: FG says no more subsidy for W/Africa

Border Closure: FG says no more subsidy for W/Africa

The Federal Government says the closure of the nation’s border has little or no effect on the rising prices of commodities. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on Wednesday. The Nigeria Bureau of Statistics had announced that the headline inflation as at October ... Read More »