Customs Intercepts 20 Jeeps of 2017 Models, 17 Others Worth N1.3bn

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*12,081 bags of rice  also seized from smugglers
By Blessing Ifeoma
The Nigerian Custom Service (NCS) Tuesday announced seizures of various goods worth N1.6bn within a space of three weeks.
Among the seizures made between July 13 to August 7 August were 20 brand new Jeeps of 2017 model and 17 Toyota Hilux jeeps 2016, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 models.
The 37 assorted vehicles have a duty paid value of N1.3bn. The vehicles were being smuggled into the country through unapproved routes before Customs operatives intercepted them.
Apart from the cars, the Customs also seized 12,081 bags of smuggled parboiled rice with a duty paid value of N149million.
Apart from the seizures of vehicles and rice, the customs operatives also recorded 156 other assorted seizures, including bales of used clothes, Indian hemp and used tyres.
The Comptroller-General of the Customs Service, Rtd Col. Hammed Ali who briefed newsmen on the seizures expressed dismay over the attempt of some importers to evade payment of duties by resorting to smuggling.
Ali said that the Customs remains resolute in its determination to enforce economic policies of the government, adding that Service will continue to work towards crippling smugglers and getting them out of illegitimate business.

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