Many Stranded As Government Shuts Down Seme Border

Seme border
Seme border

A many have remained stranded after the Nigerian government closed a major border crossing between Nigeria and Benin Republic on Wednesday without formal notice.

The closure has left both people and vehicles stranded inside the neighbouring country.

The Seme Border was shut on Tuesday after some truckloads of prohibited tramadol and codeine were intercepted in Lagos on August 16, according to Premium Times.

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While Nigerians are stranded in Benin Republic, traders from Benin Republic traders who came into Nigeria to supply goods in Lagos were also stranded and are currently unable to return to their country.

“A joint security exercise is ongoing to better secure the border,” Customs spokesperson, Joseph Attah was quoted as saying.

“It will take several days and we have been working to ensure that it does not result in too much disruption for travellers.”