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FG Uncovers 32 Routes for Smuggling Food Out of Nigeria

Vice-President Kashim Shettima, who disclosed this while addressing a conference on Public Wealth Management in Abuja

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The Federal Government says it has uncovered 32 routes through which food items are smuggled out of Nigeria.

Vice-President Kashim Shettima, who disclosed this on Tuesday while addressing a conference on Public Wealth Management in Abuja, said 45 trucks loaded with maize were recently intercepted while making their way to neighboring countries.

He said: “Just three nights ago, 45 trucks of maize were caught being transported to neighbouring countries.

“Just in that Ilela axis, there are 32 illegal smuggling routes. And the moment those food stuff were intercepted, the price of maize came down by N10,000. It came down from N60,000 to N50,000.

“So, there are forces that are hell-bent on undermining our nation, but this is the time for us to coalesce into a singular entity.”

Shettima, who acknowledged that Nigeria is passing through turbulent times, assured the people that the pain will not last forever.

“We have to make this country work. We have to move beyond politics. We are now in the face of governance.

“Sadly, some of our countrymen are still in political mode. They are the practitioners of violence, advocating that Nigeria should go the Lebanon way.

“But Nigeria is greater than anyone of us here. Nigeria will weather the storm. Forces are hell-bent on plunging this country into a state of anarchy.

“Those who could not get to power through the ballot box, instead of them to wait till 2027, are so desperate,” he said.

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