The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Seme Command has announced its seizure of three bullet-proof cars with a Duty Paid Value of N76million.
Making the disclosure at a press briefing on Tuesday, the command’s Area Controller, David Victor Dimka explained that the command was able to effect the seizure through intelligence gathering by its officers.
“A particular bullet-proof car, which was a 2012 Mercedes C300, was intercepted at the Gbaji area of Badagry and it had an official plate number of FG 35 S02. “All the cars that were seized have been handed over to the Department of State Security Service for further investigation All,” he said.
The Customs boss stated further; “Due process must be followed in the importation of bullet-proof cars and the process is that the individual must apply to the ONSA and if it is approved, the office would send an approval certificate to the NCS and the individual would be allowed.
He submitted that individuals who desired to import bullet-proof cars into the country must get clearance from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA)
Dimka used the opportunity of the briefing to sound a note of warning to hardened smugglers who had cultivated the habit of attacking customs officers while performing their legitimate duties to desist henceforth from their unwholesome practice as the command would no longer tolerate such.
“Enough is enough. We are backed up by law so we are carrying out our legitimate duties by working to stem smuggling, so we are ready for war over this matter,”the custom boss warned.
“We have upgraded ourselves and we have everything we need, so people should desist from smuggling or be ready to face the full wrath of the law,” Dimka said.
He reiterated the command’s commitment to surpass its revenue target for 2016, adding that all revenue loopholes have been effectively blocked.