Twenty-one exotic cars, including a 2016 Mercedes Benz G-Wagon (G-500), with duty paid value (DPV) of N484.4 million have been seized by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘A’ Ikeja.
Controller of the unit, Mohammed Uba, who paraded the seized items in Lagos yesterday, said the vehicles were seized for non-payment of duty.
According to him, some of the vehicles were intercepted along Ijebu Ode Expressway, 10 evacuated from Oluwalogbon Motors, Ikeja, based on credible information.
Nobody has come to claim ownership, he added, urging the owners of the vehicles to come forward with valid Customs documents, if they don’t want to forfeit them to government.
“For the avoidance of doubt, our action is in line with the provisions of Section 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),” he said.
The cars seized alongside the G-wagon include six Toyota Hiace buses, three Lexus jeeps, one Toyota Hilux van, one Toyota Prado, one Toyota Hilux bullet-proof, and one Dodge Charger.
Other items seized between June 13 and July 24, 2018 are 9,504 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 436 jerrycans of vegetable oil, 333 cartons of frozen poultry products, 287 bales of used clothing, 198 used tyres, among others.
The Customs boss said its anti-smuggling operations within the period resulted in the interception of various contrabands with DPV of about N1.1 billion.
Also, a truck-load (99,600 units in 498 cartons) of codeine cough syrup was intercepted along Ijebu Ode Road, Ogun State.
“The substance is valued at N199.2 million with two suspects in our custody,” Uba said, adding that the drugs and suspects would be handed over to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for further investigation and possible prosecution.