Thirty-seven new vehicles allegedly smuggled into the country through land borders has been impounded by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
Briefing Journalists in Lagos on Tuesday, Comptroller General of Customs, Col Hameed Ali (rtd) explained that the vehicles worth N1.3billion were impounded on Wednesday August 2nd and Thursday August 3rd by the CGC Compliance team and the Roving Team of the Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’.
The smuggled vehicles includes 12 units of 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs), 17 Toyota Hilux (2016,2013,2012,2011,2010 and 2009).
Apart from the seizures of Vehicles, the “reinvigorated anti-smuggling operations yielded another 156 assorted seizures including bales of used clothing, indian hemp, used tyres and 12,081 bags of smuggled parboiled rice with Dutp Paid Value (DPV) of N149,007,658”.
Ali said: “For the avoidance of doubt, the Federal Government policies banning the importation of rice and vehicles through the land borders are still in force. The Nigeria Customs Service remains resolute to work towards crippling smugglers and getting them out of the illegitimate business.
“In the face of security and economic challenges, no responsible government will fold its hand while unpatriotic elements continue to engage in illegal activities that will further compress national economic and security well-being of her people.
“NCS as one of the enforcement agencies of Government will continue to work towards ensuring compliance with all extant laws governing inports and exports in Nigeria.
“For those who use violence as instrument of intimidation, let it be known that going forward, NCS OPERATIVES WILL NOT HESITATE TO use appropriate force to deal with any threat that is intended to obstruct performance of statutory function.