President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the closure of Nigeria’s border with neighbouring countries to January 31, 2019.
The exercise code-named operation Exercise Swift Response had resulted in joint border operations by a combined team of security agencies.
The Punch reports that the Deputy Comptroller of Customs in charge of Enforcement, Investigation and Inspectorate, Victor Dimka, conveyed the Presidential directive Exercise Swift Response sector coordinators in a November 1 memo with reference number NCS/ENF/ABJ/221/S.45, marked “Restricted”
The memo which was obtained on Sunday stated 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, the newspaper said.
The Public Relations Officer, NCS, Mr Joseph Attah, has confirmed the development.
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.”