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Nigeria border closure to remain until Jan. 31

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Trucks parked at Nigeria’s closed border with Niger.

President Muhammadu Buhari has insisted that Nigeria borders with its neighbours would remain closed until January 31st next year.

Land borders which have been closed since August 20 have affected countries like Niger and the Benin Republic amongst others. The closure was meant to halt the importation of large scale rice and other commodities.

The government says the extension is needed to achieve its strategic objectives adding that it has improved security and economic benefits.

The closure of Nigeria borders has had a ripple effect across West Africa, as traders and factories struggle to access raw materials and having to use expensive alternate routes.

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