By Stella Okocha
The Federal Operations Units (FOU), Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has impounded 59 vehicles with Duty Paid Value (DPV) worth over N1.3 billion in November, 2017.
Comptroller Uba Mohammed of FOU Zone A, on Wednesday, told journalist that 57 vehicles were evacuated from Omole Estate and Lekki Phase 1 in Lagos while seven vehicles were intercepted due to information while on patrol along Ijebu-ode expressway and Olorunda.
“On assumption of office, I promised that on a monthly basis, I will bring to your notice our activities. We have intercepted 64 vehicles, among which 59 are brand new. To proof to you that they were smuggled, the owners are at large, three bulletproof SUVs were among the seized vehicles detained based on lack of End Users Certificate (EUC) and nobody had come to claim ownership of the seized vehicles two weeks after seizure”.
Some of the seized cars
The CAC said that the vehicles were allegedly smuggled into the country through the land borders, and this seizure is coming barely a month the customs unit intercepted 59 bulletproof vehicles from a hidden house in Ikoyi, Lagos, which revealed that these new seizures were made through another intelligent reports.
“Our legal unit has already been mandated to investigate it and as soon as we get any head way about the owners or their agents, we will let the public know.”
Suspects arrested in connection with the seizures
Other smuggled goods seized within same month were 13,333 bags of 50kg of parboiled foreign rice with the DPV of 164,449,888,65; 835 jerrycans of vegetable oil, 15 parcels of Indian Hemp, 1,101,used tyres and 205 bales of used clothing.
“As enshrined in the customs extant law, vehicles and rice were banned coming into the country land borders. We need to support the Federal Government policy on rice, encourage local farmers, the millers and patronise our own nutritional rice.”
“Oil in refined form is not allowed into the country. What is allowed is vegetable oil in crude form.The reason is that, it will undergo further processing here and that will give our fellow Nigerians employment opportunity.”
“The duty paid value of all the intercepted items, including the amount recovered is #1,703,447,163.06” Mohammed revealed.