Customs intercept over 100 smuggled SUVs, other vehicles


The Nigeria Customs Service has announced that it intercepted over 100 exotic vehicles, including various models of Sport Utility
Vehicles, adding that 38 of them had been forfeited to the Federal Government.

It also called on stakeholders to synergise with officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service to effectively suppress the
menace of smuggling vehicles into Nigeria.

The Deputy Comptroller of Customs, who doubles as the Coordinator, Rapid Response Squad Headquarters, Jack Okpabi,
disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja while providing updates on his team’s quarterly achievements.

Commenting on the smuggled vehicles that were intercepted, he said the recent operation by the NCS, which led to the
interception of over 100 Toyota Hilux, Toyota Landcruiser and other models of exotic vehicles, had saved the country from
losing huge revenue that would have gone down the drain.

Okpabi was quoted as saying, “You can see that we have over 100 vehicles and 38 have been forfeited to the Federal
Government. The operation will lead to the recovery of over N400m from demand notices.”

The customs officer expressed dismay over the determination of some persons to smuggle vehicles into Nigeria and wondered
why some individuals were patronising the smugglers.

“It is on this note that I want to emphasize that the service will not hesitate to bring to book any offender caught smuggling
vehicles into Nigeria.

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