Joke: The Border Crossing

Panku goes up to the Cotonou border on his bicycle. He had two large bags over his shoulders. The Customs Officer stopped him and asked, “What is inside the bags?” “Garri”, Panku replied. The Officer said, “Let me see. Come down from the bicycle.” The Officer took the bags and ripped them apart. He emptied them out and found nothing but garri. He detained Panku overnight and had the garri analysed, only to discover there was nothing but pure garri in the bags.

The Officer released him, put the garri into new bags, put them on Panku’s shoulders, and let him cross the border. A week later, the same thing happened. The Officer asked, “What do you have there today?” Panku replied, “Garri.” The Customs officer does his thorough examination and discovered that the bags contain nothing but garri. He gave the garri back to Panku, and Panku crossed the border on his bicycle. This sequence of events repeated every day for four years. Suddenly, Panku stopped showing up.

One day, the Officer saw him at a drinking joint in Cotonou. “Hey, my friend,” said the Customs Officer, “I know you are smuggling something. It is driving me crazy. It’s all I think about, I can’t sleep. Just between you and I, what are you smuggling?” Panku sipped his guiness and replied, “Bicycles!”


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