How protected is that half pack or a full sack of rice you just purchased at the market? How beyond any doubt would you say you are that the rice isn’t among the ones carried by corrupt dealers from Cotonou in the Republic of Benin through Seme and transported inside the vehicle cap or under the vehicle situate or in other concealed pieces of the vehicle, and along these lines fit for utilization?
These and more fakes are sitting tight for genuine replies just as an earnest intercession if Nigeria is to be paid attention to about her battle against sneaking through her permeable outskirts and guaranteeing the wellbeing of her residents.
Sunday Vanguard examination uncovers that drivers, brokers, and so forth take part in these unfortunate methods of carrying rice to abstain from being captured at the various Customs checkpoints situated at Agbara, Elijah, Aradagun, Mowo and Iyafin indirect before Seme.
Between the Seme fringe and Iyana-Iba on Lagos-Badagry Expressway, there are a few straights where packs of rice carried from the Republic of Benin into Nigeria are re-sacked by nearby
‘Firewalls’ as dealers are brought in neighborhood speech.
A portion of the inlets are situated at Igbo-Elerin Bus Stop, Iyana-Era, Alaba Rago and under the extension inverse Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED).
At these inlets, usually to discover ‘Firewalls’ and their associates empty little packs of rice from the caps, under the seats and other shrouded portions of vehicles. You once in a while discover the sacks of rice inside the stalls regularly intended to convey products.
The packs of rice are then repackaged into enormous sacks as they were unique, fixed and exchanged to clueless purchasers.
Abudu Sule, a driver who transports products for merchants who participate in this exchange, says, “We more often than not put rice inside hoods and under the vehicle situate in light of the dread of Customs’ authorities at checkpoints. On the off chance that we convey the items ordinarily inside the corner or inside the vehicle, Customs’ authorities will catch them. I am not a specialist to know whether it makes the rice undesirable for utilization. I am paid to transport the products and that is my main event by all methods conceivable. What’s more, guaranteeing that the merchandise aren’t seized is the reason I am paid”.
A mother of four, Kehinde Lawal, who likewise goes to Seme to purchase rice available to be purchased, additionally clarifies that it is so hard to get the item into Nigeria. She says, “The street is exceptionally extreme now, we think that its hard to convey a solitary sack of rice from Seme to Alaba where we for the most part offer them. Ladies like me who get a couple of packs of rice or a gallon of groundnut oil face a great deal of challenges transporting it in view of the exercises of Customs authorities out and about. “However, those dealers, famously called ‘Firewall’, who, we accept, have given Customs’ authorities pay off are the ones that have free entry. That is the reason we need to devise intends to get the rice to its last goal.”