“Don’t Shut Land Borders Because Of Rice Smuggling”- Sen Shehu Sani tells FG

The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial zone, Senator Shehu Sani, has advised the Federal Government to suspend its plan to shut down land borders between Nigeria and a neighbouring country, saying the measure will “suffocate” legitimate businesses in the country.
Sani said: “Our other problem is smuggling. As we speak, a neighbour of ours is importing more rice than China is importing,” he had said.
However, writing via his Twitter handle, Sani said relevant security agencies should be able to tackle the issue rather than shutting the border in question. He wrote: “It’s wrong to shut down the land borders ‘because of rice smuggling’. “Our layers of security operatives should be able to combat or prevent smuggling without suffocating.
You will recall that on Monday, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, announced that the government would soon shut down a land border to prevent smuggling of rice. Although Ogbeh did not mention the particular country and border, he said the action had become necessary to encourage local production of rice and sustain the economy of the country.