The Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS says about one-thousand-four-hundred illegal border roads exist as smugglers routes, which create security challenges.
The Comptroller-General of the Service, David Parradang, said the country has only eighty-four approved land border control posts.
But the Federal Government noted that the porous borders have resulted in a crisis in the economic sector that is affecting the development of the country. The Federal Government had, in August, announced its border closure with Benin Republic.
The operation, under the codename: “Ex-Swift Response’’, was a collaborative security operation involving the Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service, together with Nigeria Police Force and the Armed Forces.
The partial closure of border with the Benin Republic has been attributed to the massive smuggling activities, especially of rice, taking place on that corridor.
Also, the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali noted that the closure of Nigeria’s borders was undertaken to strengthen the nation’s security and protect its economic interests.