The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says no item can be imported or exported through the nation’s land borders.
This was revealed by the comptroller-general of the customs, Hameed Ali at a press conference in Abuja on Monday.
He explained that this was necessary and would enable security agencies to be able to properly scan the goods entering the country.
The customs boss said that for now, only the country’s air and sea ports would be used for import and exports of goods as they can undergo thorough scanning to be certified fit for consumption.
“We hope that by the time we get to the end of this exercise, we would have agreed with our neighbours on the type of goods that should enter and exit our country,” he said.
“For now, all goods, whether illicit or non-illicit, are banned from going and coming into Nigeria.
“Let me add that for the avoidance of doubt that we included all goods because all goods can equally come through our seaports.
“For that reason, we have deemed it necessary for now that importers of such goods should go through our controlled boarders where we have scanners to verify the kind of goods and how healthy to our people can be conducted.”
He insisted that despite the rights guatanteed by the ECOWAS protocols for movement of persons, there must be primacy of security over such rights.
Hameed Ali, who was asked whether the federal government had not breached the rights of the citizenry to movement and international trade, said: “when it comes to security, all laws take back a seat.
“We want to our nation, we want make sure that our people are protected. You must be alive and well for you to begin to ask for your rights. Your rights come when you are well and alive.
“Go to the people in Maiduguri when Boko Haram was harassing their lives, the only question was survival, there is no question of right. This time Nigeria must survive first then before we begin to ask for our rights.”