On Monday, the Nigerian Customs Service reported that it had seized over 100 exotic cars, including several different brands of sport utility vehicles, and that 38 of them had been surrendered to the federal government.
In order to successfully tackle the problem of smuggling automobiles into Nigeria, it further urged stakeholders to collaborate with the men and officers of the Nigeria Customs Service.
This information was revealed in a statement released in Abuja by Jack Okpabi, the Deputy Comptroller of Customs who also serves as Coordinator of the Rapid Response Squad Headquarters.
Speaking of the smuggled automobiles that were seized, he claimed that the latest NCS operation, which resulted in the seizure of over 100 Toyota Hilux, Toyota Landcruiser, and other exotic vehicle models, had prevented the nation from losing significant income that would have gone to waste.
You can see that we have over 100 automobiles, and 38 of them have been forfeited to the federal government, Okpabi reportedly said. Over N400m will be recovered through the operation from demand notices.
The customs official expressed shock at some people’s willingness to smuggle vehicles into Nigeria and questioned why certain people were supporting the traffickers.
“I want to emphasize that the service will not hold back when bringing any criminals found smuggling vehicles into Nigeria to justice.