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Multiple checkpoints on Lagos-Badagry Road worries Customs

Numerous checkpoints on the Lagos-Badagry Road is now worrisome to the Nigeria Customs Service.
Mr Gabriel Aliu, Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service, Seme Border Command, regretted in an interview  in Bagadry that the road blocks were getting out of his control.

At the verious points along the Lagod Seme road, the Nigerian Police Force, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Immigrations Service, NDLEA and the Plant and Animal Quarantine all have checkpoints on the road.

The police checkpoints include those of the regular police, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Team and the Nigeria-Benin Joint Border Patrol Team.

“I don’t know what to do to stop proliferation of checkpoints on the road; all I know is that it is not limited to customs men. There are so many police checkpoints on the road; I spoke with the commissioner of police and he denied approving any.

I saw some people in mufti and they are carrying sticks; I think it is time that road users start to challenge them,” Aliu said. The Federal Government approved only two checkpoints and five motor patrols for the Nigeria Customs Service on the route.

The checkpoints and patrols are supposed to be within a 40km radius from Seme, Nigeria’s border with Benin Republic.  Aliu said it would be difficult for him to control police checkpoints on the road. The numerous checkpoints on the route have continued to make movement of people, goods and services difficult.

Meanwhile, Mr Suru Avoseh, representing Badagry Constituency 11 in the Lagos State House of Assembly has expressed the hope that the checkpoints and the attendant traffic hiccups would be eliminated soon.   Avoseh said the problem would cease when the road was expanded.


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