- The Nigerian Customs Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja, says it is re-strategizing operational modalities to ensure full implementation of the government's policy banning the importation of rice through land borders
- The unit promises to continue to make sure smugglers count their losses until they repent from sabotaging the economy
- As part of its effort to nip smuggling in the bud, Nigeria Customs Service takes delivery of 50 patrol vehicles
The Nigerian Customs Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja, has disclosed that it seized 15 exotic vehicles between May 16 and June 12, 2018.
Premium Times reports that Mohammed Uba, the unit controller on Wednesday, June 13, listed some of the the seized vehicles to include three Toyota C-HR (2018 models), one Toyota Camry LE (2018), one Toyota Prado (2018), one Toyota Hilux (2017), one Ford F150 (2017), one Pajero Jeep (2017), and one Mercedes Benz (2017).
The unit said it also seized four containers for false declaration of original items contained. It noted that while two of the containers were carrying 8,633 pieces of empty cylinders as against plumbing materials declared in their Single Goods Declaration (SGD). The other two carried 120 bales of new jeans as against punching machine declared in the SGD.
The unit controller stated that his division was re-strategizing operational modalities to beam searchlight on creeks, water side and various locations in southwest zone to ensure full implementation of the government policy banning the importation of rice through land borders.
“We will continue to make sure smugglers within our areas of jurisdiction count their losses until they repent from sabotaging our economy.
“As you already know, smuggling is a global phenomenon that cannot be eradicated entirely but if all hands are on deck it will be reduced to its barest minimum,” he said.
Meanwhile, 20 Toyota Hilux patrol vehicles have been issued out on Monday, June 11, by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
The 20 vehicles issued by NCS are the first batch of the 50 vehicles which the service took delivery of, The Nation reports.
NAIJ.com notes that this was disclosed to newsmen at the customs headquarters in Abuja by the deputy comptroller general (enforcement, investigation & inspection), Aminu Dangaladima.
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