The Nigeria Immigration Service Comptroller General, Mohammad Babandede, said it is only President Muhammadu Buhari is the only person that can decide when the borders will be reopened.

According to Punch, Babandede disclosed that the NIS had no power to reopen the borders closed in August 2019.

Speaking during the NIS project validation meeting with senior officers in Abuja on Tuesday, Bobande said, the borders are not fully closed as they are opened from 6am to 6pm.

In the words of the NIS chief, “The borders are partially closed and this is in line with the ECOWAS rules where you must have travel documents. You must enter through the legal routes and with documents.”

He insisted the borders were closed to protect the country, adding that the measure was not targeted at some neighbouring countries.

He also stated that, the visa-on-arrival policy is not at variance with border closure.

 While speaking to journalists, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, revealed that “All goods, for now, are banned from being exported or imported through our land borders to ensure that we have total control over what comes in.”