Niger Republic bans exportation of rice to Nigeria

Customs officials

Niger Republic has banned the exportation of rice to Nigeria following the closure of Nigeria’s borders.

Since August 20, 2019, Nigeria has closed its borders in four geopolitical zones across the country, which include South-South, South-West, North-Central and North-West.

In his address during a joint press briefing in Abuja, the Comptroller-General, Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali, revealed that Niger Republic recently banned the export of rice to Nigeria as a result of the closure.

The partial closure of Nigeria’s borders is enforced by the Nigeria customs service and Nigerian Immigration Service, in collaboration with Nigerian Armed Forces, as well as the Nigeria Police Force.

The exercise is being coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser.

Ali said the aim of the exercise was to better secure Nigeria’s borders in order to strengthen the economy and address trans-border security concerns.