Adewale Adeniyi, the Ag Comptroller General of Customs, has closed the Nigeria-Niger Republic border at Illela in Sokoto state.
Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina Jigawa, Yobe, and Borno are among the northern Nigerian states that share a 1,608-kilometer border with five areas of Niger Republic.
This move is in continuation of President Bola Tinubu’s directive over the rehab Ilela Border, Sokoto state, to implement President Bola Tinubu’s directive against the military junta in Niger Republic.
According to the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Twitter, the acting Customs CG shut himself down.
“The Ag Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, arrived at the Illela border in Sokoto State to reinforce Presidential directives on border closure due to the coup in Niger Republic,” it said.
“There will also be a working visit to border stations throughout the country.”
According to LEADERSHIP, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has sanctioned Niger Republic after presidential guards deposed Mohamed Bazoum and installed Abdrahmane Tchiani as president.
Due to the coup, the West African regional body ordered the freezing of all Niger Republic firms and parastatals in all ECOWAS member states’ commercial banks.
“Closure of ECOWAS and Niger’s land and air borders.” ECOWAS has established a no-fly zone for all commercial aircraft to and from Niger. All economic and financial transactions between ECOWAS member states and Niger have been halted.
“Freeze all service transactions, including those involving energy.” Freeze Niger Republic assets in all ECOWAS central banks. All Niger State and state corporations and parastatals in commercial banks should be frozen.
“Suspension of all financial assistance and transactions with all financial institutions for Niger.” Impose travel restrictions on military leaders and their families participating in the coup attempt, as well as anyone accepting a position in the military administration.”