A Nigerian official on Friday denied recent local media reports on closure of a border with the Republic of Benin, saying there is only an ongoing joint security exercise in the area to tackle transborder crime.

Joseph Attah, spokesperson for the customs authority, urged the public and travelers who utilize the route to go about their businesses without apprehension, stressing “those with legitimate engagements should have nothing to be afraid of.”

He told reporters that the security agencies in the country came together to form a bond and deploy a common response strategy to tackle insecurity in the area.

Attah added that the joint exercise is timely because of security challenges such as terrorism, importation of illegal arms, and increased illegal migration. Enditem

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