Nigeria has signed an agreement with neighboring Benin and Niger Republics, preparatory to the re-opening of Nigeria’s land borders
The agreement signed at a tripartite meeting of officials of the three countries in Abuja, stipulates conditions for re-opening of the shut borders at a date yet to be agreed upon
One of the agreement is the establishment of a joint police, customs and immigration team that will undertake joint patrol of the borders
The joint patrol team will hold its first meeting from November 25 to November 27 in Abuja, and recommends a date for the re-opening of Nigeria’s borders
They also agreed on the setting up of a joint team of finance, trade and foreign affairs ministries, as well as customs, immigration and national security advisers for joint monitoring and evaluation of situation at their borders
Also to be established is the trade facilitation committee, including finance and trade ministers to promote trade among the three countries, and recommend sanctions against smugglings across their borders..