No hiding place for okada smugglers on bush-paths – Comptroller Uba warns
*Takes anti-smuggling sensitisation campaign to border communities in Kwara State
(Report by Udeme Clement):
The Co-ordinator, Border Drill Operations, Sector -3, division, Ilorin Kwara State, Comptroller Mohammed Uba, has warmed the dare-devil smugglers still operating within his area of coverage to desist, or be ready for arrest and prosecution.
Comptroller Uba gave this warning during a 3-day anti-smuggling sensitisation programmme embarked upon by his team, at the border communities in Kaiama-Jebba-Mokwa-Wawa-Babanna-Kotangora area of Kwara and Niger States.
He revealed that his team has uncovered new trend of smuggling with Okada (motorcycle) through the bush-paths within the area.
This, he said constitutes serious economic sabotage to government’s policy on agriculture and those caught in it must be arrested and prosecution according to the law.
Comptroller Uba in interaction with stakeholders, as well as traditional rulers of the border communities expressed displeasure on the activities of illicit traders in the area.
Speaking further at the Palace of the District Head, Babanna, he advised the people to embrace legitimate trade, stressing that his men will leave no stone unturned in carrying out their statutory duties.
Comptroller Uba appealed to the people to support government efforts in growing the economy.
He pointed out, “We should be aware that
movement of all types of vehicles and boats used in carrying Petroleum Products across the land borders, as well as waterways within 20km radius has been restricted by government.
“Therefore, anyone caught going against this order will be prosecuted accordingly”.
In his remarks, the district Head of Babanna, Alhaji Isah Yerima, said the security situation in the area has improved since the border drill exercise started.
He promised to enlighten the people in his community on the dangers of smuggling to the nation’s economy.
In the same vein, Dodo of Wawa Dr. Mahmud Ahmed Aliyu emphasised that government decided to partially close its borders for the well being of the citizens and the economy at large.
The enlightenment campaign was extended to the Emir’s Palace in Kotangro and other communities within the border axis.