Border Closure, Federal Govt. suspends fuel, diesel supply to border stations

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In aThe federal government has taken a huge step in its fight against smuggling by announcing the suspension of diesel and petrol supply to filling stations within 20 kilometres radius to all Nigerian borders

The directive was contained in a memo circulated to Customs command from its headquarters.

“The Comptroller General of Customs has directed that henceforth no petroleum products, no matter the tank size is permitted to be discharged in any filling station within 20 kilometers to the border.
“Consequently, you are to ensure strict and immediate compliance please,” the memo read in part.

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Attah said the move was in strict obedience to government’s desire to safeguard the economy of the nation.
Meanwhile, the federal government of Nigeria on Monday, November 4, said that until member nations of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) respect rules of origin, it will not reopen its land borders.
This was stated by the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, who said that all goods exported into Nigeria from ECOWAS countries must have not less than 30% local inputs, adding that such goods must be escorted directly from the port of member nations directly to Nigerian borders.

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