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December 21, 2016

There are too many Customs checkpoints in the Southeast – Peter Obi

There are too many Customs checkpoints in the Southeast - Peter Obi

Former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has bemoaned the presence of countless checkpoints set up by the Nigerian Customs Service scattered across Southeast Nigeria.

Peter Obi while presenting a keynote in Awka yesterday narrated,

“We know that Customs police our borders to, among other things, guard against smuggling of banned goods, but if they do this effectively at the borders, as obtainable in other countries, there would not be need for cus­toms checkpoints all over the place.

“I ob­served over 10 check points from Ore to Onitsha. In this time of recession, what is more wor­risome was that they stop travellers and demand for Customs papers, clearance papers for vehicles, includ­ing those bought several years ago.

“Even families coming home for Christmas were stopped and the rice they were given as gifts in their offices or they bought in open market confiscated under the presence that they are foreign rice.”

 

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