Cus­toms seize 11 ve­hi­cles worth N128m

The Punch - - SOUTHERN -

THe nige­ria Cus­toms Ser­vice, Fed­eral op­er­a­tions Unit, Zone ‘C’, ow­erri, Imo State, has in­ter­cepted and seized over 11 ex­otic mo­tor ve­hi­cles with Duty Paid value of n128,084,026.

Some of the ve­hi­cles in­cluded 2013 model range rover HSE, 2010 model To­tal Camry, 2007 model volvo XC 90, 2013 model Toy­ota venza, 2012 model mercedes benz. GLK 350 and 2005 model mercedes benz ml 350.

other are 2014 model mercedes benz ml 350, 2015 model Toy­ota Hilux, 2007 model Toy­ota Tun­dra, 2017 model Toy­ota Ta­coma and 2016 model Dodge ram.

Giv­ing the DPV of the seized ve­hi­cles on Satur­day at the Cus­toms Ware­house, Aduwawa, benin, edo State, the Cus­toms Area Con­troller, mr Kay­ode olusemire, stated the DPV of range rover HSE was n30,728, 441, Toy­ota Camry, n5,140,616, volvo XC 90, n3,582, 568, Toy­ota venza, n12,912,638, mercedes benz GLK, n12,952,171 and mercedes benz ml 350, n5,816,448.

olum­semire also said the ve­hi­cles were in­ter­cepted and seized by the ea­gle-eyed of­fi­cers of the ser­vice on pa­trol along the benin axis of the unit on Thurs­day.

He said that the cars were seized for non-pay­ment of re­spec­tive duty, adding that im­por­ta­tion of cars into the coun­try was not banned by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

olusemire said, “I won­der why a nige­rian will pur­chase a ve­hi­cle of such high mone­tary value without pay­ing the ac­cru­able duty. The duty is where the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment is in­ter­ested in. This is be­cause that is where it will de­rive rev­enue. It is per­ti­nent to state that the il­licit ac­tiv­i­ties of smug­glers have ad­versely af­fected the na­tion’s econ­omy and we can­not al­low such ob­nox­ious busi­ness ven­tures to con­tinue.”

He urged nige­ri­ans wish­ing to buy cars to go to Cus­toms SERVICOM of­fices or its web­site for rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion to avoid be­ing de­ceived by smug­glers.

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