A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana has cautioned the Federal Government against infringing into the rights of the poor in the name of fighting corruption.
Speaking on Thursday in Abuja at the 13th Anti-Corruption Situation Room organised by the Human Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA), Falana said the unannounced closure of the border between Nigeria and Benin Republic is a harassment of poor traders who are daily fending for living.
The Federal Government on Tuesday, August 20, shut down the border between Nigeria and the Republic of Benin.
Thousands of Nigerian and Benin Republic nationals were stranded and could not access the border as they were returning to their bases after business transactions on Wednesday, August 21.
The spokesman of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Joseph Attah, explained that the closure was caused by a joint security exercise that may take several days.
Falana said: “The government must stop harassing the poor because the rich already know how to take care of themselves.
“Accepted that the government was trying to fight corruption but in fighting smugglers, the government shouldn’t fight the poor.”
While urging for a searchlight against corruption in states and local governments, the Senior Advocate said the poor can only be assisted in the country when there is sanction against impunity.