29 June 2016, Lagos – Badagry metropolis of Lagos, a border town between Seme and Benin Republic, has always been in the news following usage of the route by smugglers of various kinds of contraband goods, including vehicles.
In addition to the nefarious activities of these recalcitrant smugglers, is the diversion of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS popularly known as petrol , through the Seme-Border to other neighbouring West Africa countries, where they are sold almost twice the purchase rate..
These products which are usually loaded in trucks, jerrycans of various sizes with inscriptions on them to indicate their owners and polythene bags, are transported through various modes, such as motorcycles, cars with special in-built compartment, where they are concealed, apparently to beat security checks at the border. At other times, they are taken through illegal routes to their respective destinations outside the country.
In 2012, the International Monetary Fund, IMF disclosed that 80 percent of petroleum products consumed in Benin Republic in particular, was smuggled from Nigeria.
Investigation further showed that some marketers are also engaged in the diversion of these petroleum products to neighbouring countries, while Nigerians sometimes spend hours on queue to get them at petrol stations.
Speaking on the issue, the Base Commander, Captain Simon Dogo, explained that the suspects were at the verge of loading over 2000 jerry-cans with petroleum product for onward exportation to Benin Republic at the early hours of Saturday, when they swooped on them. However on sighting the personnel, he said the suspects jumped into the river and escaped, abandoning their boat.