The Gambian police have seized a large consignment of food stuffs that were being smuggled to neighboring Senegal and Guinea Bissau. The transnational food smuggling is done via land and sea, said police spokesman ASP Lamin Njie. Njie says the state of emergency which was recently approved by Parliament, doesn’t allow food hoarding and exportation outside the country at this time. He was speaking to journalists on Wednesday at the police anti-crime unit base in Bijilo.
Businessmen have started smuggling rice, sugar, onions, cooking oil and other commodities to the African region, as potential food insecurity hits the continent because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The seized food has been stored at the anti-crime unit. ASP Njie says over 4,000 bags of sugar were among the seized food stuffs.
Some of the trucks filled with food stuffs have been grounded around the Radio Syd, he said. Njie also says some boats were also intercepted on sea trying to smuggle food outside the country. He has called on the public especially those residing along border towns and villages to report food traffickers.