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In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by Omooba77: 6:37am On Sep 30, 2019
In continuation of its war on smuggling in line with the closure of land borders across the country, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in a major crackdown yesterday shutdown some car marts suspected to have smuggle vehicles into the country through the land borders.

THISDAY gathered that members of the Comptroller General of the service’s strike force and officers attached to the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘A’, Ikeja stormed the popular Berger along Apapa-Oshodi Express Road and other major car dealers’ premises across Lagos in search of smuggled vehicles and subsequently shut down the car marts until further notice.


It was learnt that the car marts were closed on the orders of the Comptroller General of the Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), for allegedly retailing smuggled vehicles in the shops.

The Customs Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah, who confirmed the development to THISDAY yesterday, however, denied that car dealers who are not involved in selling smuggled cars were shut down.

According to him, “Yes a number of car marts were shutdown based on credible information that there were smuggled vehicles in these car marts, but the sealing is just temporary. As from this week we will assess the situation and advised them accordingly as to what they should do.”


Asked how many dealers were shutdown, he said, “As of now I don’t have the numbers but those not involved in any bad business were not shutdown. But I can confirm that some numbers have been shutdown. Within the week, customs will take a look at the records of each vehicle in these car marts and appropriate actions will be taken.

Attah who also confirmed that no arrests were made added that the action was not taken to inflict harm on anyone but to ensure that government gets its due revenue.


“The target is not really to bring any unnecessary hardship to any individual, the idea is to see the possibility of either seizure or recovery of revenue for such vehicles,” he added.

When THISDAY contacted the managing director of one of the companies affected, he said car dealing marts were stormed in a Gestapo style with four trucks load of customs officers who pasted closure notices on their premises and asked that they report to the FOU today.


“All car dealers in Lagos were shutdown, Affordable Cars Limited, Carlink Limited, InehmicAutos, Globe Motors, COSCHARIS and Skymit Motors, Arrowhead Motors, Wonder Wheels Motors, Auto Point Motors and any name that you can think of were all shutdown. Even Stallion Motors was affected. The only one I cannot confirm is Toyota Nigeria Limited or Elizade Motors.

“They came and put a sticker, sealed off the place and said come to FOU in Ikeja. That was all. No information or notices. It was not as if they came and found smuggled cars in our premises. They didn’t even ask for anything. Globe Motors and Inehmic were the first place they went to around 7a.m. They came to my place in the evening. One will expect that they will at least ask for documents but nothing, they just sealed off the place,” he said.


Another car dealer whose mart was shut around Oregun said his documents were up to date.

The dealer, Chukwudi Nwachukwu, said he was surprised that his stand was shut down by the service.

“I was shocked when my mart was shut. I operate at Oregun and I can tell you that my documents are up to date. In fact, am printing my documents to take to FOU, Ikeja for them to unsealed my business,” he added.

One of the dealers with link with a global brand told THISDAY that the company imported its vehicles through official channels and had documents to prove the legitimacy of its transactions.

The source from the company said they would find out from Customs what went wrong when they honour the invitation to appear before the FOU today.


https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/09/30/in-major-crackdown-customs-shut-car-dealers-across-lagos/amp

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by Omooba77: 6:43am On Sep 30, 2019
Welcome to the REAL Next Level

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by myfan: 6:49am On Sep 30, 2019
Buhari will never cease to amaze Nigerians.

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by GavelSlam: 6:53am On Sep 30, 2019
They should go and clear themselves.

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by Racoon(m): 6:53am On Sep 30, 2019
shocked What? Even these customs men are the ones encouraging and doing the smuggling because it is a very lucrative business.

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by Ahmed0336(m): 7:05am On Sep 30, 2019
If this measures will boost innoson production and sales it is a welcomed development.
You cannot go to Benin to buy cars, pay taxes then smuggled the same cars into the country without paying tax.

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by Captainrambo2: 7:16am On Sep 30, 2019
GavelSlam:
They should go and clear themselves.
Ahmed0336:
If this measures will boost innoson production and sales it is a welcomed development.
You cannot go to Benin to buy cars, pay taxes then smuggled the same cars into the country without paying tax.
GavelSlam:
They should go and clear themselves.
both of you should keep quiet.


Buhari and hameed alli re birth useless men. they only deceive warped people like you 2.

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by willexyaho(m): 7:22am On Sep 30, 2019
Ok

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by Muyiwaipere(m): 7:22am On Sep 30, 2019
Nigeria and misplaced priority

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by dokyOloye: 7:24am On Sep 30, 2019
Stupid customs.
Same customs officers connive with importers
to collect bribes and allow the cars into d country thru d seaports and land borders only to start chasing car dealers and users who might've bought at prevailing market prices for another round of bribes.

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by Felixalex(m): 7:25am On Sep 30, 2019
How did they smuggle d cars?

If they had done their jobs would the car dealers have been able to smuggle the cars in? This Nigeria just tire me

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by CarGuideNG: 7:26am On Sep 30, 2019
Always verify customs duty!

Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by GavelSlam: 7:26am On Sep 30, 2019
Captainrambo2:
both of you should keep quiet.


Buhari and hameed alli re birth useless men. they only deceive warped people like you 2.

Maybe you are a smuggler sef, who knows?

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by TwentyOnePilots(m): 7:26am On Sep 30, 2019
It's getting hot in here (Naija)....Hmmmmm

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by naijadrivablog: 7:27am On Sep 30, 2019

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by semyman: 7:27am On Sep 30, 2019
You asked for it

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by Nobody: 7:30am On Sep 30, 2019
Please come to FESTAC. They have turned the entire place into a used car lot. Every fking corner has used cars for sale.

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by datola: 7:30am On Sep 30, 2019
Okay
Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by adenigga(m): 7:30am On Sep 30, 2019
Ahmed0336:
If this measures will boost innoson production and sales it is a welcomed development.
You cannot go to Benin to buy cars, pay taxes then smuggled the same cars into the country without paying tax.

May God bless you for dat comment!

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by chronique(m): 7:30am On Sep 30, 2019
I just de observe...
Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by Skyfornia(m): 7:31am On Sep 30, 2019
GavelSlam:
They should go and clear themselves.

Clear themselves of what crime?

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by GavelSlam: 7:32am On Sep 30, 2019
Skyfornia:


Clear themselves of what crime?

Smuggling, duties not paid or underpaid etc.

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by Livefreeordieha(m): 7:33am On Sep 30, 2019
Omooba77:
In continuation of its war on smuggling in line with the closure of land borders across the country, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in a major crackdown yesterday shutdown some car marts suspected to have smuggle vehicles into the country through the land borders.

THISDAY gathered that members of the Comptroller General of the service’s strike force and officers attached to the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘A’, Ikeja stormed the popular Berger along Apapa-Oshodi Express Road and other major car dealers’ premises across Lagos in search of smuggled vehicles and subsequently shut down the car marts until further notice.


It was learnt that the car marts were closed on the orders of the Comptroller General of the Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), for allegedly retailing smuggled vehicles in the shops.

The Customs Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah, who confirmed the development to THISDAY yesterday, however, denied that car dealers who are not involved in selling smuggled cars were shut down.

According to him, “Yes a number of car marts were shutdown based on credible information that there were smuggled vehicles in these car marts, but the sealing is just temporary. As from this week we will assess the situation and advised them accordingly as to what they should do.”


Asked how many dealers were shutdown, he said, “As of now I don’t have the numbers but those not involved in any bad business were not shutdown. But I can confirm that some numbers have been shutdown. Within the week, customs will take a look at the records of each vehicle in these car marts and appropriate actions will be taken.

Attah who also confirmed that no arrests were made added that the action was not taken to inflict harm on anyone but to ensure that government gets its due revenue.


“The target is not really to bring any unnecessary hardship to any individual, the idea is to see the possibility of either seizure or recovery of revenue for such vehicles,” he added.

When THISDAY contacted the managing director of one of the companies affected, he said car dealing marts were stormed in a Gestapo style with four trucks load of customs officers who pasted closure notices on their premises and asked that they report to the FOU today.


“All car dealers in Lagos were shutdown, Affordable Cars Limited, Carlink Limited, InehmicAutos, Globe Motors, COSCHARIS and Skymit Motors, Arrowhead Motors, Wonder Wheels Motors, Auto Point Motors and any name that you can think of were all shutdown. Even Stallion Motors was affected. The only one I cannot confirm is Toyota Nigeria Limited or Elizade Motors.

“They came and put a sticker, sealed off the place and said come to FOU in Ikeja. That was all. No information or notices. It was not as if they came and found smuggled cars in our premises. They didn’t even ask for anything. Globe Motors and Inehmic were the first place they went to around 7a.m. They came to my place in the evening. One will expect that they will at least ask for documents but nothing, they just sealed off the place,” he said.


Another car dealer whose mart was shut around Oregun said his documents were up to date.

The dealer, Chukwudi Nwachukwu, said he was surprised that his stand was shut down by the service.

“I was shocked when my mart was shut. I operate at Oregun and I can tell you that my documents are up to date. In fact, am printing my documents to take to FOU, Ikeja for them to unsealed my business,” he added.

One of the dealers with link with a global brand told THISDAY that the company imported its vehicles through official channels and had documents to prove the legitimacy of its transactions.

The source from the company said they would find out from Customs what went wrong when they honour the invitation to appear before the FOU today.


https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/09/30/in-major-crackdown-customs-shut-car-dealers-across-lagos/amp

lol credible information ���� nigerian government should start using their dialect on a daily basis to discharge her duties because most English words should be alien to them...Including rule of law,fairness,equality and justice...Not forgetting international best practices..

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by chronique(m): 7:33am On Sep 30, 2019
ornicus:
Please come to FESTAC. They have turned the entire place into a used car lot. Every fking corner has used cars for sale.

And so? So because of that, they should shut them down? Is it your property that they bought or rented to open car lots?

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by Nobody: 7:33am On Sep 30, 2019
Anything to impoverish the south.
Go to the northern borders and you will see that customs does not exist.
#fulanirepublic

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by satowind(m): 7:35am On Sep 30, 2019
How our police and custom sleep at night still baffle me. Tot they said fsars shouldn't wear that fsars again but I saw them this morning wearing it, with the scorpion on their cloth, carrying gun and cutlass and some youth in their van receiving slaps. So if police are that way how can we differentiate police and cultist now?

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by Area4Area: 7:36am On Sep 30, 2019
Captainrambo2:
both of you should keep quiet.


Buhari and hameed alli re birth useless men. they only deceive warped people like you 2.
Aside the unnecessary insult, what else did you contribute to the topic?

They should go clear themselves

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Re: In Major Crackdown, Customs Shut Car Dealers Across Lagos by Tenshades(m): 7:36am On Sep 30, 2019
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