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 to the media in Lagos on Wednesday.
Among the cars presented are 4 Rolls Royce, 1 Porche Panamera, 1 Jaguar, 1 Bentley, 2 Lexus Jeep , 2 G wagon, 1 Toyota Land Cruiser, 5 Toyota Corolla, 7 Mercedes Benz among others mostly 2017 models.
Uba told newsmen that 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.
He said, “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),”.
Uba also presented other seized items including 31 assorted vehicles, 8,400 bags of foreign parboiled rice (that’s about 14 trailers) 1,652 cartons of frozen poultry products, 835 jerrycans of vegetable oil, 10 sacks bag of Indian Hemp, 2,208 pieces of used tyres, 159bales of used clothing among others.
Also, Two containers were seized. While 1/20ft container no. GATU132358/4 was seized for carrying 537 cartons of Indian Whisky as against yeast declared in SGD, 1/40ftContainer no TCLU172184/3 was seized for carrying 60 pieces of used Chest freezers and 570 bundles of gas hose as against condenser for steam polysomic .