The Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja, of the Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted†57 assorted vehicles suspected to be smuggled in Omole Estate and Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. The Comptroller of the Unit, Mohammed Garba, who made this announcement on Wednesday in Lagos, revealed that the service also seized seven other assorted vehicles, mostly brand new, along Ijebu Ode expressway and Olorunda.ďAs I speak with you, nobody has come forward to claim ownership yet because we doubt if they have any Customs papers on the vehicles let alone End-User Certificate for the bulletproof cars,Ē he said adding that the legal unit of the command had been mandated to investigate the matter. Other items seized, according to the controller, include 13,333 bags (equivalent of 22 trailers) of foreign parboiled rice, 1,390 cartons of frozen poultry products, 835 Jerry cans of vegetable oil, 15 parcels of Indian Hemp, 1,101 pieces of used tyres, 205 bales of used clothing and many other items. Five people have been arrested in connection with 185 seizures made by the command in November while the total value of items seized is N1.7bn, Garba said. Earlier in November 1, the command seized four bulletproof Sports Utility Vehicles which were hidden in a house in Ikoyi, Lagos.
†Among the 64 vehicles seized, according to Garba were one bulletproof Lexus jeep, one bulletproof Toyota Landcruiser, nine Land Cruiser jeeps, five Toyota Camry, and others, all valued above N1.3bn.