Customs Intercepts 27 Smuggled Hilux Vehicles Worth Over N432M Duty

In line with its drive to eliminate illegal smuggling of vehicles

through the nation’s land borders, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)has made a seizure of 27 Toyota Hilux pick-up vehicles worth over 432 million of customs duty smuggled into the country.

Deputy Comptroller General of Customs, Aminu Dangaladima, who
disclosed this in company of other top management staff of the NCS

yesterday in Abuja, said the seizure was made along Kubwa express-way
through credible information obtained by the detachment of the
compliance team of the service.

This, according to him, is in furtherance of Sections 147 of Customs
and excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap 45, Laws of the Federation of
Nigeria 2004 (power to search premises), Section 158 of CEMA. Cap 45
Laws of Federation of Nigeria (power to patrol freely).

It would be recalled that just last month, the Customs service
intercepted 18 exotic vehicles, 13 of which were bullet proof. Mr
Dangaladima said that the Service will continue to enforce the powers
given in the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) to improve in
all aspects, especially in the areas of suppression of smuggling.

“We urge the owners of these vehicles 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.”

“lt must also be understood that being in possession of smuggled items
is an offence under Section 3 of Customs and Excise (special penal and
other provision) Act Cap 4’1 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004” he
said.

He regretted the fact that most Nigerians comply with laws of other
countries but choose to contravene Nigerian Laws; a situation he said
would not tolerated.

He also updated newsmen on the status of progress made on the seized
illegal arms importation. “We are making progress on investigation in
the illegal arms importation. More arrests have been made and the CGC
will be on the

entourage of Mr President to Turkey for bilateral meeting with the
Turkish Customs Authority. This is with the aim to permanently deal
and put an end to such deadly importation coming from Turkey,” he
said.

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