The Federal Operations Unit, Zone A of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has announced the seizure of 31 exotic vehicles.
Also impounded were 14 trailers of foreign parboiled rice, containing 8,400 bags. The unit’s Area Controller, Mohammed Uba, paraded the items in Lagos yesterday.
He disclosed that the vehicles include: four Rolls Royce, one Porsche Panamera, one Jaguar, one Bentley and two Lexus jeeps
He said the vehicles were seized for avoiding duty payments, adding that some of the assorted vehicles with duty paid value of N1.4 billion were intercepted along Ijebu Ode Expressway.
Others were evacuated at various raids in Parkview Estate, Victorial Island, Banana Island, Alhaji Bankole Crescent, Ikeja and Tola Adewunmi Street, Maryland.
“We urge the owners of these vehicles to come forward with valid Customs clearance documents, otherwise they would be liable to seizure and subsequent forfeiture to the Federal Government.
“Our action is in-line with the provisions of Sections 147 of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap 45, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 (power to search premises), and Section 158 of CEMA, Cap 45 Laws of Federation of Nigeria (power to patrol freely),” he said.