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Border Closure: No Country Is Targeted, FG Tells Ghana

Valentine Chinyem

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The Nigerian Government has replied fellow West African country, Ghana, over the closure of its borders.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, while receiving emissaries from Ghana, said there is no ulterior motive behind its decision to shut the nation’s borders.

He told Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Integration, Shirley Botchwey, and the country’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, during their visit to his office on Thursday in Abuja, that no country was targeted in the border closure, but that the decision was taken to tackle the activities of criminals who take advantage of the porous borders to bring in banned goods into the country.

He added that, Nigeria, as a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), respects the rules of the regional body.

Onyeama however, gave the assurance that free movement of persons and goods would continue.

More so, he informed the Ghanaian ministers that the Nigerian government would ensure that issues raised by their country would be looked into and addressed as soon as possible.