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Nigeria Border Closure Aimed at Curbing Weapons, Drugs: Minister

  • Closing borders not just over smuggling, finance minister says
  • Neighboring countries must respect trade regulations: Ahmed
Nigerian security stand guard near the Nigerian-Benin border.

Nigerian security stand guard near the Nigerian-Benin border.

Photographer: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images

Nigeria’s decision to close its borders is aimed at preventing weapons and drugs from entering the country and not just to stop food smuggling, Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed said.

In August, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the partial closing of Nigeria’s boundary with Benin to curb smuggling of rice, a staple. His administration further clamped down in October by restricting the trade of all goods across the land borders to curb smuggling from Benin and Niger into the continent’s most-populous nation.