Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff
23 February, 2014
Nigeria’s military says it has closed
hundreds of miles (kilometres) of its
northeastern border with Cameroon to
stop Islamic extremists using the country as a haven and launch pad for attacks.
Brig. Gen. Rogers Nicholas of the 23
Armored Brigade told reporters on
Saturday that he was exercising emergency powers because it is “imperative” to seal the border between
Cameroon and Nigeria’s Adamawa state against illegal crossings.He said customs and immigration officials are working with soldiers and police “to ensure that nothing crosses into Nigeria.”
Large stretches of that porous border are generally left unpatrolled.The border between Borno state and Cameroon, which Nigerian troops and a jet bomber crossed last month in pursuit of extremists, apparently remains open.The move will affect hundreds of traders
who routinely cross the border.