President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of closure of the nation’s border with neighbouring countries to January 31, 2020.
The extension of the exercise code-named operation Exercise Swift Response was contained in a memo issued by the Deputy Comptroller of Customs in charge of Enforcement, Investigation and Inspectorate, Victor Dimka.
The Punch reports that the memo with reference number NCS/ENF/ABJ/221/S.45, and marked “Restricted” was dated November 1, 2019.
The memo states that despite the overwhelming success of the operation, particularly the security and economic benefits to the nation, a few strategic objectives are yet to be achieved.
It said the extension was informed by the need to achieve the strategic objectives of the exercise.
The memo reads in part, “I am directed to inform you that it is observed that despite the overwhelming success of the operation, particularly the security and economic benefits to the nation, a few strategic objectives are you to be achieved.
“Against this background, Mr President has approved the extension of the exercise to January 31, 2020.
“Consequently, you are requested to convey the development to all personnel for their awareness and guidance.
“Meanwhile, allowance for personnel sustenance and fuelling of vehicles for the period of extension will be paid as soon as possible.
“This is for your information and necessary action, please.”