Languages
Page last updated at 13:21 GMT, Friday, 6 November 2009

Niger-Nigeria 'blockade' mystery

Vehicles crossing from Nigeria into Niger (Archive Photo: 2006)
There is constant traffic between Nigeria and Niger

Nigerian customs officials are blocking Niger from importing goods, Niger's foreign affairs ministry has confirmed.

The reason for the interruption of cross-border trade, which began on Tuesday, is not known.

A BBC reporter at a border crossing says there are lines of trucks waiting to cross into Niger and only people with a few loaves of bread can pass.

Nigeria's government has denied that it ordered the border to be closed and has not commented on the border hold-ups.

People travelling south from Niger into Nigeria along the 1,500km (940 mile) border are not affected.

Map

The BBC's Chima Ila at the Nigerian crossing point to Maradi State in Niger said truck owners were angry.

Many travellers from Niger were also unhappy at the situation, as many along the border are reliant on food from Nigeria, she said.

Niger was suspended from West Africa's trade bloc Ecowas last month after President Mamadou Tandja went ahead with a controversial parliamentary election.

But its neighbours stopped short of measures such as trade embargoes.

Earlier this year, Mr Tandja dissolved parliament and had the constitution changed to let him seek a third term.

The land-locked, arid and drought-prone country depends on its giant neighbour for many of its imports.



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Niger hits back over suspension
21 Oct 09 |  Africa
Niger votes in contentious poll
20 Oct 09 |  Africa
In pictures: Niger's third term poll
04 Aug 09 |  In Pictures
Profile: Mamadou Tandja
18 Feb 10 |  Africa
Country profile: Niger
07 Apr 11 |  Country profiles
Nigeria country profile
19 Apr 11 |  Country profiles

RELATED BBC LINKS

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC iD

Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2018 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific