Customs Seize Nine Bullet Proof cars, Fake Drugs In Lagos, Ogun
Customs Seize Nine Bullet Proof cars, Fake Drugs In Lagos, Ogun – The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘A’, yesterday seized nine bulletproof cars that were trailed to some private residence in Victoria Island area of Lagos.
The Controller, FOU, Zone A Ikeja, Comptroller Aliyu Mohammed, who paraded the seized items in Lagos, said a total of 22 exotic cars, including nine bulletproof vehicles, have a duty paid value (DPV) of N1.1 billion.
According to him, some of the cars were intercepted at Ogere and Ijebu Ode expressway, while the bulletproof cars were trailed and evacuated from some private residence in Victoria Island based on credible information.
Mohammed said the various contrabands that were seized between September 4 and October 3, 2018, have a total DPV of N2 billion. Other items are: 11,303 bags of foreign parboiled rice (equivalent to 18 trailers); 2,410 frozen poultry products; 853 jerrycans of vegetable oil; 245 parcels of Indian Hemp; 4×40 ft containers of unprocessed wood; 2,017 bales of used clothing, 283 cartons of various pharmaceutical products, all without NAFDAC registration number, among others.
“The fake drugs worth about N14 million. They are fake because they don’t have NAFDAC numbers” he said. The 22 vehicles are Nine bulletproof vehicles including four Lexus Jeep LX570; three Land Cruiser Jeeps (2016) and two Mercedes Benz G63 and S550.
Others include One Toyota Rav4 (2015); three Toyota Hilux (2018); two Toyota Highlander (2018); one Toyota Fortuner (2017); one Toyota Sequoia; one Lexus RX350, among others.
He said the Unit also seized two big bags of camouflage Army uniform, adding that those are issues that bother on national security. “Although, they are not many the damage that they will do will be many if allowed to scale through,” he said.
Mohammed warned the smuggler against illicit trade, saying that the command will leave no stone unturned to capture them. He urged the public to join forces in the fight against smuggling considering the economic implications.
He said 28 suspects have been arrested in connection with the 89 seizures, adding that the FOU has commenced arrangements to hand over the seized Indian Hemp and medicaments to the Nigerian Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) accordingly.
The Unit also recovered N220 million from demand notices on vehicles and other general goods that tried to cut corners from seaports, airport and border stations in the guise of false declaration, transfer of value, and shortage in duty payment that are meant for the Federal Government coffers.