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Many Stranded as Nigeria’s Land Borders are Closed



Quite a number of people were stranded on Wednesday at the Nigeria and Benin Republic border as officials closed the border on both sides without prior warning.

Social media users have said all land borders were shut down as at yesterday.

One user wrote: “7 trailer loads of tramadol was said to have passed through the boarder and was intercepted at Alaba-rago. I think that was the reason for the temporary closure of the border.”

Another user corroborated the story, writing: “There was an intel about a cartel smuggling banned pharmaceutical products like Tramadol, Codeine and others into Nigeria. As a result, a joint task force was set up to apprehend the goods and the suspects. All borders are on a shut down in the whole country.”

The closure continued on Wednesday morning, with Nigerians attempting to cross over from Benin Republic into Nigeria.

The federal government has not released a statement on the closure.

1 Comment

  1. by_stander

    August 27, 2019 at 8:24 am

    In peace time, someone actually shutdown land borders as if they are closing the door of their bedroom?


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