The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit Zone A, Ikeja Lagos have intercepted and evacuated 67 assorted vehicles with a Duty Paid Value of over N1.5 billion in Lagos.
The Controller of the Zone, Comptroller Mohammed Uba, who made the disclosure during a press briefing on Wednesday stated that the vehicles were recovered at Omole Estate in Ojodu, Olayiwole Close in Lekki Phase 1, Ijebu Ode Expressway and Olorunda between November 1st and November 30th.
Uba stated that the vehicles which were made up of 2 Lexus Jeep, 1 Toyota Land Cruiser, 9 Toyota Hilux, 8 Toyota Hiace Bus, 26 Toyota Corolla, 9 Land Cruiser Jeep, all 2017 Models and 1Sienna 2015 Model and 1 Lexus RX 350 among others were intercepted based on intelligence and exchange of ideas.
He revealed further saying, ” As I speak with you, no body has come forward to claim ownership yet because we doubt if they have any custom papers on the vehicles, not to talk of the End-User Certificate for the bullet Proof. 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.”
Speaking on the other seizures within the period under review, the Comptroller said “13, 333 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 835 Jerrycans of vegetable oil, 15 parcels of Indian Hemp, 1,101 pieces of used tyres, 205 bales of used clothing among others.”
Five suspects were also arrested in connection with seizures and one of which have been released on administrative bail.
He also said a total of 17×20ft container loaded with wood are under detention on the suspicion that they have not met the required guidelines for export. Another 1×20ft container carrying 385 cartons of Tiffany Crunch n’ Cream biscuit, 2,300 cartons of Tiffany chocolate and Toffee sweet all declared as engine block declared in SGD.
Lamenting the methods with which the foreign rice were smuggled, Uba stated that some of the rice were concealed in trucks conveying Maggai Cube, takeaway packs and some were even covered with bags of locally made rice.
” Rice is been produced in Jigawa, Kwara and I read recently about Rivers. These foreign rice could be expired and nobody knows how it may have been preserved. Let’s save our money, create employment and even feed other countries in Africa.”
He maintained that the FOU, Zone A will not relent in carrying out anti-smuggling activities in the zone even as the Yuletide season approaches.
Appreciating the effort of the CGC, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) and his management team for providing necessary logistics that brought about this feat.