Customs FOU Zone ‘A’ confiscates 64 Luxury Vehicles, 13,333 Bags of Rice, Others valued over N1.595bn
The Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service on Wednesday said suspected smuggled goods which include 64 exotic cars, 13,333 bags of foreign parboiled rice contained in over 22 trucks, 835 jerry cans of vegetable oil, 205 bales of used cloths among other items with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of over N1.595 billion were confiscated by the Command between November 1-30, 2017.
The Customs Area Comptroller, Uba Mohammed who disclosed this during a press conference in Lagos described the seizure as ‘unprecedented’ given the quality and value of the goods seized.
He attributed the success of the operations to teamwork and the resolve of the Service to halt smuggling while curbing the evasion of payment of duty.
A breakdown of the seized items made available to TNMN reads that “2 bullet-proof Lexus Jeep, 1 bullet-proof Toyota Land Cruiser, 9 Toyota Hilux, 8 Toyota Hiace Bus, 26 Toyota Corolla, 9 Land Cruiser Jeep, 5 Toyota Camry, 1 Land Rover, 1 Nissan Sentra, 1 Pajero Jeep, all 2017 models, and 1 Sienna 2015 model, and 1 Lexux RX 350, among others were intercepted.
“The 64 assorted vehicles alone have a DPV of One billion, three hundred and two million, nine hundred and twenty-seven thousand, one hundred and six Naira, sixteen kobo (N1,302,927,106.16) only while 57 of the vehicles were evacuated based on intelligence from Omole Estate, Ojodu and Olayiwola Close, Lekki Phase One, the remaining 7 were intercepted while on information patrol along Ijebu-Ode Expressway, and Olorunda.”
Comptroller Uba Mohammed also disclosed that nobody had come forward with proof of ownership of the vehicles.
He added that Customs has launched an investigation spearheaded by the Legal Department of the Unit and assured the public that the findings will be made public.
A total of 17x20ft containers loaded with wood were detained on the suspicion that they may not have met the required guidelines for export, while another 1x 20ft container was detained for false declaration. While it carried 385 cartons of tiffany crunch n’ cream biscuit, 2,300 cartons of tiffany chocolate and toffee sweet, the CAC said the SGD read “engine block”.
“Within the period under review, the Unit recovered One hundred and eight million, three hundred and six thousand, eighteen naira, twenty kobo(N108,306,018.25) making a cumulative of One billion, seven hundred and three million, four hundred and forty-seven thousand, one hundred and sixty-three naira, six kobo(N1,703,447,163.06)”, the statement read.
In all, five suspects were arrested and are in Customs custody.
Posted on : December 7, 2017