Lagos — The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has seized 64 smuggled exotic cars from the Lagos homes of some car dealers, 12 of which are bullet-proof cars.
The Controller, Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A, Ikeja, Comptroller Mohammed Abu, at a press conference held yesterday said that about 57 of the vehicles were evacuated from two houses, one located at Omole Estate, Ojodu and the other at Olayiwole Close, Lekki.
He explained that seven others were intercepted along Ijebu Ode expressway, Ogun State.
According to him, the importers did not obtain clearance from the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), before the importation.
He said: "Seized vehicles are 64 assorted vehicles (mostly brand new). They include, two Lexus Jeeps (bullet-proof), one Toyota Land Cruiser (bullet-proof), nine Toyota Land Cruiser Jeeps, five Toyota Camry, one Land Rover, one Nissan Sentra, one Pajero Jeep, all 2017 models and one Sienna 2015 model and one Lexus RX 350 among others.
"These 64 assorted vehicles alone have a duty paid value of N1.302,927,106.16. While 57 vehicles were evacuated based on intelligence along Omole Estate, Ojodu and Olayinwole close, Lekki Phase one, the remaining seven were intercepted while on information patrol along Ijebu Ode expressway and Olorunda.
"As I speak, nobody has come forward to claim ownership yet because we doubt if they have any customs papers on the vehicles, not to talk of the end-user certificate for the bullet proof. Our legal unit has already been mandated to investigate it and as soon as we make any head way about the owners or their agents, we will let the public know," he said.
Bullet proof vehicles are under controlled items and they are: arms and ammunition of all kinds (lethal and non-lethal); all forms of bullet proof materials, including vehicles, vests, ballistic materials and bullion vans among others. Importers need to get clearance from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).