Seme border remains closed 24 hours after FG order
Nigeria’s land border with Benin Republic at Seme, near Badagry, Lagos State, remained closed, more than 24 hours after the Federal Government announced its reopening on Wednesday.
It was reported that human and vehicular movement across the border post was restricted as the frontier remained under lock.
Intending travelers were denied exit at Seme by officials of Nigeria immigration Service who claimed that they were yet to get formal directive to reopen the border.
An official of Nigeria Customs Service, who pleaded anonymity, told news men that security agencies at the border post were still expecting official directives to reopen the border.
“We heard about the reopening of the four land borders from the news on Wednesday, but we are still waiting for directives from head office in Abuja.
“We can not just open the border like that. As you can see, when the border was closed they introduced Joint Border Patrol which comprises of Army, Immigration, Police and Customs.
“Anytime they ask us to open the border, we will open it,” he said.
Also, commercial activities were yet to pick up at the Seme market due to the continued closure of the border.
Mrs Funke Senapon, a trader at the popular Seme market, appealed to Federal Government to order the officials to reopen the border.
She said that residents and traders who were rejoicing about the news of the reopening were disappointed when they discovered that border had not been opened.