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Smugglers faking presidential number plates, others for illegal activities –Nigeria Customs

Nigeria Customs Personnel and Some Seized Vehicles Photo: NAN

*The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone B, Kaduna, laments the smugglers have been using fake presidential number plates, and those of other governmental institutions to smuggle luxurious vehicles into the country

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone “B,” Kaduna, has lamented that smugglers have been using fake presidential number plates and those of other governmental institutions to smuggle luxurious vehicles into the country.

Mr. Chedi Wada, Comptroller of the NCS Zone, disclosed this when he received Bashir Rabe-Mani, Zonal Manager (ZM), News Agency of Nigeria, Kaduna Zonal Office, who paid him a courtesy call in Kaduna.

He stated the economic saboteurs also have been dubiously using fake number plates belonging to various state and local governments, MDAs, Emirate Councils, and other governmental institutions.

”Customs will not relent and will continue to do its best by not allowing smugglers to use the old tactics of using the presidential number plates and other governmental institutions to smuggle luxurious vehicles into the country.

”This is one of the menaces we are having. It is saddening how vehicle smugglers are ridiculing the apex seat in the country by using presidential fake plate numbers on newly smuggled cars to deceive Customs,” noted Wada.

According to him, Customs are well-trained personnel who can easily identify fake numbers and cannot be played by the old tricks.

The Comptroller said: “We are not happy with them; it is too bad for them to be playing with the presidency.

“That’s why we always put a heavy hammer on those using the Presidency in false instances on smuggled vehicles.

“Let them respect the presidency; we must respect the presidency, which is leadership.”

The Customs has impounded lots of such vehicles with fake number plates, including those of local governments, ministries, and lots of government institutions.

According to the Comptroller, the Service is saddled with the responsibility of suppressing anti-smuggling activities, revenue, and trade facilitation while implementing other governmental policies.

The NCS is committed to saving Nigeria’s economy by bringing smugglers down to the ground by suppressing their activities, he explained.

Wada further acknowledged that the media had supported them in publicising to Nigerians what the NCS has doing.

He, nonetheless, observed that several people do not understand what the rules of the Customs are, and why certain actions are taken.

Wada stated: “Some will say customs will come to their houses to take contraband, but all this will be amplified through the media on what the rules and regulations are.

According to the Act of Customs, on getting intelligence, Customs can enter the premises and take contraband away, possibly arresting and prosecuting.

It stated: “People expect customs to notify them of any planned seizure at their houses or shops or arrest.

“If I inform you that I am coming, what stops you from taking away the exhibit?”

While noting that the system is working, Wada added that they undertake an investigation depending on what was obtained and possible prosecution.

The comptroller urged Nigerians to be interested in Customs jobs and know what is happening at Customs offices in all areas, including its social media platforms.

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