Nigeria Customs seizes bullet-proof vehicles ‘hidden in Ikoyi home’

One of the four seized bullet-proof vehicles.
One of the four seized bullet-proof vehicles. [Photo credit: Premium Times]

Officers of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, have impounded four bullet Sports Utility Vehicles from a house in Ikoyi, Lagos.

According to the Customs, the operation was based on intelligence reports and ownership of the vehicles remains a mystery as nobody has come forward to claim the cars.

Mohammed Garba, the Customs Area Controller, FOU, said other similar vehicles were also seized from car parks around Lagos.

“Our operatives trailed and evacuated 59 assorted vehicles from car marts in Ikoyi among of which over 40 are 2017 models ranging from Toyota Prado Jeeps, Lexus Jeeps, Toyota Hilux, Toyota Camry, Coaster Bus, Toyota Hiace Bus among others currently under detention awaiting relevant customs document from the dealers within a grace of one month,” Mr. Garba said.

“Some are even bullet-proof which require End User Certificates from the Office of the National Security Adviser, NSA.

“We removed these (Bullet Proof) vehicles from a hidden house in Ikoyi while others were gotten from a car park in FESTAC.

“Investigation will reveal further those behind the clearance of these vehicles and (they) must face the full wrath of the law.”

Mr. Garba further said the Duty Paid Value of the vehicles is N1.1 billion (N1,076,895,727), adding that the service would seize vehicles through the court if the owners do not show up within a month.

In a similar development, the unit made other seizures ranging from used tyres, bales of second hand clothing, frozen poultry products and vegetable oil.

Others are 6,206 50kg of bags of parboiled foreign rice, Indian Hemp and two dry containers carrying different items.

According to the unit, the total duty paid value of the seized items is N1,353,617,104 and the seizure was made between October 1 and 31.


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  • Mani_Kay

    HOW MANY HAVE THEY SEIZED IN KANO?

    Soon they will ask Yemi Osinbajo (the Chief of Liars) to step forward and tell us that the cars belong to Goodluck Jonathan.

    Liars …. for all we know ….. this another of their false propaganda

  • 45Degree

    Hey, e don happen o. I beg make una help me. I dey look for Whistleblowing job. How come witches and wizards no dey see this? Pastors, wey una dey? Una no see dis for vision?

  • Soja

    Its only in Lagos they are impounding cars, yeye people. How many cars have papers in Kano, Kaduna, not to talk of Katsina or Bornu?
    Not even smuggled-in cars, take any stolen car to the many parts of the north, that’s the end of it

    • Concern

      Everything must have a tribal coloration we are sick in this country I pray that God help us. I am surprised it is not Buhari’s fault this time.

      • Soja

        Looks like that, especially the way you brought in the ethnic angle, because I never did. I only mentioned some states in Nigeria that I know these kind of things don’t usually happen. But you chose to make it you people’s usual ethnic song, even political, by finding a way to still mention Buhari’s name

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      When over 40 were seized in Kano a couple of months back, where were you, Sola?

      Do we have to read tribal meanings into everything even if they fit the law?

      • Soja

        Uncle Kay, it’s Soja.
        Not reading tribal meaning (I’m the last person to do that). Just pointing out what I’ve observed throughout my years of extensive traveling round Nigeria. The same way I notice there are some areas within the same city where PHCN officials dare not go to disconnect illegeal connections while other parts cannot try such.

        What I’m saying is the agencies saddled with a particular responsibility should do their job across board, not concentrating their attention on ‘soft targets’

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          My apologies, Soja. It was the autocorrect that changed that.

          I can relate with your later submission, but there had also been that reported seizure in Kano just a while back.

          • Soja

            I didn’t hear of that actually. It’s a welcome development. That’s what we fought for (even though I didn’t get opportunity to vote at the end of the day)

    • okpada

      Forty six seized in sokoto state by men of the Nigeria custom excise only last month; #846m realised from only sokoto state for the first time in history. So watch, things are changing gradually

      • Soja

        Welcome development. We will be on the look out

  • Adele Uhuru

    Buhari’s wag the dog approach to leadership- this is only to distract dimwitted Nigerians from the on going collusion of the Presidency in corrupt practices our erstwhile Mr Integrity is only deceiving you all with this hoax custom purported by your thieving custom officers of the Northern caliphate

  • Rollingdollar

    Story of a warped country.
    Corrupt President Buhari will protect his men, who stole billions, but will be quick to arrest his enemies who stole millions.
    Corruption everywhere
    Seizures in Lagos, but in Kano, it’s ok. Customs will look the other way.
    Tax the south, send the loot to the North.
    That’s Buhari’s idea of one Nigeria.

    • malenja

      MY DEAR, YOU SAID YOU NEED CHANGE BECAUSE GOODLUCK WAS USING BOKO HARAM TO KILL NORTHERNERS. WHO IS NOW CRYING? WHEN YOU MAKE THE MISTAKE YOU MADE IN 2015 IN 2019 YOU WILL FIND A WAY OUT OF NIGERIA OR ELSE EVEN THE HOUSES IN OSHODI WILL BE AUCTIONED TO DEVELOP THE NORTH WEST.

      • niran ade

        What’s your point asinwii

    • marc umeh

      And what is wrong with that.!!!!
      There should be a price for southern cowardice.

    • grand maze

      Conquered territories pay tax to sustain their masters so it is in order

      • Dan

        Yes o! and despite their level of education, economic and social status.

  • Mark M

    What happened to the Black Range Rover (bullet proof) that was seized from a driver enroute to Abuja earlier this year for evading huge customs tax? The vehicle belonged to Saraki. Not only was fake paperwork presented, but the driver confirmed its owner and destination. What happened to this case? Hmnn………..

    • Yego V

      PMB is indeed fighting corruption. They’ll arrest a man for naming his dog Buhari; sentence a goat thief to firing squad. Dismiss a civil servant for coming to office late. And divorcing a wife for not providing Senegal jollof rice Sai baba and his crooked team.

  • John

    Ii’s a corrupt system, I’m not sure why everyone is complaining. PMB didn’t promise to perform miracle, but to fight corruption. And he is. Nobody could have done it better and it will take time, but we’ll get there hopefully. The glimpse of hope could be seen in the lack of impunity that used to be the order of the day. I cannot imagine the state of things if we went on the way things were going. Let’s give credit to whom it’s due. I pray that God gives him the health to continue leading our fantastically corrupt country

  • Femi

    In a country where the security of lives and property is not guaranteed, Customs is making a song and dance out of seizing bullet proof cars. You have to go get security clearance from the office of the National security Adviser before you can be allowed to have a bullet proof vehicle. This is utter rubbish! If you cannot secure our roads, why should we be applying to the NSA for bullet proof cars? Ordinary driving from Abuja to Kaduna or from Lokoja to Okene is an exercise akin to the biblical “though I pass through the valley of the shadow of death”.. Unless the security agencies are up and doing, we all deserve bullet proof vehicles. It’s like we have forgotten about Evans the kidnapper. There are many more like him and people deserve to secure themselves amidst the abysmal failure of our security forces..