Well not really but that’s how the Ghanaian are describing plans for a Lebanese-owned duty-free shop at “no man’s land”:

Traders at the border town of Elubo in the Western Region have threatened fire and brimstone if the government does not stop a Lebanese company, Diplo FZ Limited, from opening a duty-free shop near the security fence wall and within the ‘no man’s land’ area at the border.

They have vowed that hell will break loose at Elubo if the government, in conjunction with the national security, gives the Lebanese company the green light to open the shop because its operation will collapse indigenous businesses, breed smuggling and increase other subversive activities at the border.

Apparently the Lebanese-owned shop will sell products that are already retailing in Elubo, but at a lower price. What are these products?: “almost everything including tomato paste, mobile phones, matchsticks and black thread for plaiting hair, among others”.

The secretary of the Elubo Traders Association, Evans Ampomah Dacosta, believes that its only natural that such a move on the border should be reciprocated:

“Indeed if a Ghanaian will not be allowed to build a shop near the Lebanese border in Lebanon, then why should the national security encourage the Lebanese to build at a security zone,” he asked.

Unfortunately, there is already a duty-free shop along Beirut to Damascus. You could try the northern border or, if you are in the mood for a little adrenaline rush, there’s always the Israeli border.

Hobotraveler.com: Elubo Ghana Market (August 2006) - Threatened by Lebanese-owned Duty-Free Shop

Hobotraveler.com: Elubo Ghana Market (August 2006) - Threatened by Lebanese-owned Duty-Free Shop