The Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, says Nigeria’s borders will remain closed until the country and its neighbours agree on existing ECOWAS protocol on movement.

Ali stated this at Maigatari/Niger border, Maigatari Local Government Area of Jigawa while fielding questions from newsmen.

He said that by closing the borders, Nigeria was able to completely block  the importation of contraband.

According to him, through the measure, the importation of foreign rice has stopped and the market for local varieties has risen.

He said  the number of petty traders affected was insignificant compared to gains recorded through the operation.

Ali said Nigeria’s neighbours had no reason allowing cars, cooking oil and other contraband items to pass through their borders into Nigeria.