The Nigeria Customs Service has seized some luxury vehicles and contraband items.
They includes: 31 assorted vehicles, 8,400 bags of foreign parboiled rice (that’s about 14 trailers) 1,652 cartons of frozen poultry products, 835 jerrycans of vegetable oil, 10 sacks bag of Indian Hemp, 2,208 pieces of used tyres, 159bales of used clothing among others only from 1st – 31st January 2018.
Among the seized vehicles include 4 Rolls Royce, 1 Porche Panamera, 1 Jaguar, 1 Bentley, 2 Lexus Jeep , 2 G wagon, 1 Toyota Land Cruiser, 5 Toyota Corolla, 7 Mercedes Benz among others mostly 2017 models.
These 31 assorted Vehicles alone have a duty paid value of One Billion, Four Hundred and Twenty Nine Million, Nine Hundred and Fifty Three Thousand, Nine Hundred and Forty One Naira, Fifty kobo (N1,429,953,941.50) only.
While some of the vehicles were intercepted along Ijebu Ode Expressway, others were evacuated at various raid in Parkview estate , VI, Banana Island, Alhaji Bankole Crescent Ikeja and Tola Adewunmi Street Maryland.
The owners of these vehicles have been urged to come forward with valid Customs clearance documents otherwise they will be liable to Seizure and subsequent Forfeiture to the Federal Government in-line with laws of the land.
Also, Two containers were seized. While 1/20ft container no. GATU132358/4 was seized for carrying 537 cartons of Indian Whisky as against yeast declared in SGD, 1/40ftContainer no TCLU172184/3 was seized for carrying 60 pieces of used Chest freezers and 570 bundles of gas hose as against condenser for steam polysomic .This is clear case of false declaration which is tantamount to seizure.