The Director-General of the Department for State Services (DSS) Magaji Bichi has said the closure of the country’s border has helped in reducing the inflow of smuggled firearms.
Bichi spoke recently in Abuja at the Executive Intelligence Management Course of the National Institute for Security Studies graduation ceremony.
He said the closure of Nigeria’s borders has helped security agencies to track those who pose as threats to the country.
The DSS boss, therefore, urged President Muhammadu Buhari government to sustain the border closure until further notice.
“The recent closure of our borders attest to what we intend to achieve despite the criticism, the closure of our borders so far, have succeeded in checkmating not only smuggling of goods that are illegally brought into the country, even firearms and then checkmating the movement of people that are likely to undermine the security of this country,” he said.
Concise News understands that Nigeria’s four major borders in the North-West, North-Central, South- West, and South-South geopolitical zones were closed on August 21.
The move was meant to free Nigeria from criminal activities such as smuggling and enhance the economy.
Senator Hails Buhari
The Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s closure of the country’s land borders was for the interest of the nation.
Omo-Agege also claimed that the action was in the best interest of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
The Delta lawmaker said this on Friday at a seminar organised by a German Foundation the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) with the theme “The roles of Parliaments in Supranational Communities.”
The Senator was represented by his Special Adviser on Legislative and Plenary Matters Efe Duku and noted that the Parliament accepts Buhari’s decision.
According to him, the non-compliance with the ECOWAS treaty on the management of borders was impacting negatively on the Nigerian economy.
“The intervention of the Deputy Senate President here today is for the closure, or better management of borders as at today is in our national interest,” he said.
“And ultimately, although they may not agree, it is also in the interest of ECOWAS as a region that they do not breach the protocol and plead pity.
“They do not breach the protocol and try to create insecurity by attacking citizens of member states.
“Our position is clear; we support the decisions of the government to better manage the borders as of today.”
This is as he noted that “We also support the decisions of the government to ensure that the economic benefits due to every member state as a result of import, customs activities, that they should get them.
“So essentially, with regard to the resolutions reached by the ECOWAS Parliament, we think that they need to look very well at the protocol.
“And see whether recommending that Nigeria just throws the borders open and reward people or nations who are in breach of the protocol or treaty is the right way to go.”