Customs Raid Nigerian Car Coscharis, Globe Motors, Inehmic Autos, Car Shops In An Attempt To Stop Snuggling
Yesterday Sunday was not a very good day for car dealers in Lagos as some car marts were raided and sealed by the Nigerian Customs Service. Some big names in the automobile business such as Coscharis, Globe Motors, Stallion Motors, Skymit Motors, Inehmic Autos, Wonder Wheels Motors, Arrowhead Motors, and Carlink, were also affected. The raid was said to have happened without prior notice and was conducted by members of the Comptroller General’s special strike force attached to the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘A’, Ikeja.
They were said to have stormed the popular Berger Bus stop, along Apapa-Oshodi Express Road, Oregun etc, searching for smuggled vehicles.
According to report, Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) gave the order, to storm car shops which are retailing smuggled vehicles which they access through the land borders.
Customs Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah, confirmed the story, but said those dealers who don’t sell smuggled vehicles are not involved in the raid. “A number of car marts were shutdown based on credible information that they have smuggled vehicles in their car marts, but the sealing is just temporary. As from this week we will assess the situation and advise them on what to do accordingly.”
He continued “As of now I don’t have the number of cars involved, but those not involved in any bad business were not shutdown. But I can confirm that some numbers have been shut down. Within the week, customs will take a look at the records of each vehicle in these car marts and appropriate actions will be taken.”
He also assured the public that the action was not meant to inflict harm on people but to help government get its revenue, and so they didn’t arrest anyone in the raid. “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.
A car dealer Chukwudi Nwachukwu, whose mart was shut around Oregun said his documents are up to date. The surprised dealer said, “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, I am printing my documents to take to FOU, Ikeja for them to unsealed my business,” he said.
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