Customs seizes 56 smuggled luxury cars from Ikoyi, Festac homes
Operatives of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A of Nigeria Customs Service have impounded a total 51 bullet proof luxury Sports Utility Vehicles hidden in two residential apartments in Ikoyi and Festac areas of Lagos.
Details of the seizure show that while 51 of the exotic cars were hidden in one obscure home in Ikoyi, five others were seized from a car shop located in Festac.
Customs Area Controller in charge of the command, Comptroller Garba Mohammed, who briefed newsmen in Lagos Wednesday, said that the operations were carried out based on intelligence reports.
It was gathered that nobody has shown up to claim ownership of the seized cars.
He also disclosed that some cars were seized from various car parks around Lagos.
According to him, operatives of the command trailed and evacuated the 51 assorted cars from a residential building in Ikoyi, Lagos.
They include 40 units of 2017 models of cars ranging from Toyota Prado Jeeps, Lexus Jeeps, Toyota Hilux, Toyota Camry, Coaster Bus, Toyota Hiace Buses, among several others, which are currently under detention awaiting relevant customs documentations from the dealers within a grace of one month.
He said: “Some of the cars are even bullet proof which require End User Certificates from the Office of the National Security Adviser NSA. We impounded these bullet proof cars from a hidden house in Ikoyi while others were picked from a car park in Festac.”
In what appeared as a presentation of his scorecard, the CAC disclosed that the unit made a total of 120 seizures comprising prohibited used tyres, bales of used clothing materials, frozen poultry products and vegetable oil.
Other seizures include 6,206 pieces of 50kg bags of parboiled imported rice, Indian hemp and two dry containers carrying different items.
It was further gathered that the unit through its anti-smuggling interventions has recovered N144.4million from duty payments and demand notices on general goods from importers who tried cut corners by making wrong declarations, transfer of value, under payment of duty accruable revenue to the Federal Government in the last few weeks at sea, airports and borders.
Comptroller Mohammed also told newsmen that a total of Six suspects have been arrested so far, even as plans are underway to hand over the Indian hemp to the officials of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA.