The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has impounded 30 exotic vehicles and other smuggled goods worth over N1billion.
The Area Controller, Federal Operation Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’ Ikeja, Mohammed Uba, yesterday, told reporters at the Federal Government warehouse in Lagos, that the seizures were made after his men burst a smuggling ring.
He added that the seizures were made between April 10 and 15.
The Unit also recovered over N28million from underpayments making a cumulative of N1,039,156,454 of the amount raked in by the officers and men of the unit within the few weeks.
The seized items include seven Toyota Hilux (2018 model), three Toyota Prado Jeep (2017 model) one Range Rover, one Ford Edge (2015 model), 5,516 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 1,078 cartons of frozen poultry products, 216 jerry cans of vegetable oil, 173 bales of used clothes, 683 pieces of used tyres and eight sacks of Indian Hemp among others.
The Unit also seized two containers MSKU 130295/2 and MRKU877714/0 with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of over N25million, Mohammed said.
It was gathered that some of the smugglers used the number plates on some of the new vehicles as a decoy to beat Customs’ checks. But unknown to them, Customs officials had been monitoring their movement for days before swooping on them.
The FOU Comptroller said credible information and community relation, including collaboration with Customs Intelligent Unit ( CIU), assisted the the officers to burst the smuggling ring.
Mohammed said the service had not received any order from the Federal Government unbanning the importation of rice and vehicles through the land borders and warned those engaging in the illegal trade to desist, adding that 14 suspects have been arrested in connection with the seizures.