Northern traders have lamented over the loss of 13 billion naira weekly in revenue owing to the closure of borders in the region over the Republic of Niger coup.

Chairman of the Arewa Economic Forum, Ibrahim Dandakata, said informal trading in livestock and food items within seven Northern states bordering Niger is worth 177 billion naira.

He added that the closure of the borders in the Northern region had substantial economic impacts on the livelihood of Nigerians, urging the federal government to open the Maje-Illo border in Kebbi, to allow traders to bring goods to the country.

It could be recalled that as part of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, resolutions over the refusal of the Niger military junta to restore democracy, members imposed economic sanctions on the country, including land borders closure.