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26.09.2005 Crime & Punishment

Seizure of wax prints increases at Aflao

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Aflao, Sept 26, GNA - A total of 6,220 pieces of wax prints with an estimated revenue value of 3.074 billion cedis was intercepted by the Aflao Sector of the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) since the ban on overland importation of wax prints was imposed on July 1. The most significant interception was at the Dabala checkpoint where smugglers attempted to outwit CEPS by concealing 814 pieces of wax prints among bags of cement.

An articulated truck was conveying the wax prints, with a revenue value of nearly 114 million cedis, from Aflao to Accra. The porous nature of the Ghana-Togo frontier, the dozens of inaccessible bush roads and the long stretch of the un-patrolled Volta Lake between Sogakope and Ada offers the smugglers the urge to continue with the illegal trade.

Briefing the GNA at the weekend, Ms Yaa Kesiwa Amponsah, Assistant Commissioner in charge of the sector, said her unit was working extra hard to stop the increasing flouting of the ban. She appealed to the general public to cooperate with CEPS by giving information and said identities of informants would not be disclosed and rewards promptly paid.

Ms Amponsah advised traders to shift to other goods, saying they risked losing their capital through the seizure.