Federal Group for Operations in North America Nigeria "C" Owerri continues to fulfill its duties to combat smuggling and income generation.
The group produced seizures from 12 cars and 881 bags of rice, all with a duty paid more than N385 million.
Controller Olusemire Kayode, the new compartment zone controller who made this famous, demonstrating the attacks committed by officers on the axis of Benin, said that the seizures were caused by the hard work and diligence of the unit's employees.
Featuring luxury cars, three of which are bullet-proof, Kayode said that the vehicles on the interception had no documentation and the appropriate national security adviser's permission to import bullet-proof vehicles, hence their seizures.
He advised importers of such cars to pay the corresponding duties and avoid tax evasion.
Kayode said: "Most of these cars cost millions of Naira.
"If they can afford to buy these vehicles, they should not shy away from paying a fee."
Kayode assured that the anti-smuggling operations of the unit would not fall under his watch, and the descendants of the smugglers would be ripped off in the zone.
He also urged importers to familiarize themselves with the existing laws regulating trade in the country so as not to violate the law.
After revealing part of the seized rice, Kayode gave details of the consignment of rice hidden under the heap of banana in the truck.
He explained that the officers had no habit of hindering local traders in their daily business.
However, the officers, acting on the tip, checked the car and found a violation.
He voiced a warning for the smugglers and urged the Nigerians to support the local agricultural industry and buy rice produced locally.
He further stated that the ban on rice imports through land borders still remains in force and urged the public to step up the agricultural sector and the economic well-being of the country, patronizing locally produced products.
Thanks to inter-agency cooperation, support to the media and the public, the Controller is confident that smuggling will be reduced to a minimum.
Disintegration of seizures includes:
, Model Range Rover Autobiography 2014 with compulsory payment N76,423,500
, Model Toyota Land Cruiser Bullet proof 2016 with duty paid N40,105,545
, Toyota Land Cruiser Model Bullet proof 2014 with duty paid N33,145,079
, Mercedes-Benz G-wagon bulletproof model 2017 with duty paid N68,554,565
, Mercedes Benz GLE 450 2016 model with duty paid in the amount of N 26 032 239
, Toyota Rav 4 2014 model with a paid price of N9,728,505
, Model Toyota Highlander 2017 with duty paid N19,590,110
, Model Toyota Hilux 2017 with duty paid N15,413,996
, Model Lexus ES350 2008 with compulsory payment N4,510,391
, Model Toyota Corolla 2014 with duty paid N7,229,250
, Model Ford Edge 2015 with duty paid N16,835,891
, 741 Bags of 50 kg of exotic rice with duty paid N 18 969 600
, Ford Transit Bus, carrying 100 bags of external rice 50 kg with a total of DPV N4,060,000
, Ford Transit Bus carrying 40 bags of external rice 50 kg with a total number of DPV N2,524,000.