Kano State Tokunbo Car Dealers Association has accused the Nigeria Custom Service of flagrant abuse of their fundamental human rights through illegal confiscation of their cars.
The car dealers lamented the confiscation of three second hand Gulf 3 cars they said they bought legally from Benin Republic and for which they paid all the necessary duties at borders.
The dealers worried that if the officials’ actions were not checked it could hamper the previously good relationship with the association.
Saminu Tijjani, who led other car dealers to speak to the media, said the seized cars were detained at Sharada Police Command.
However, the spokesperson, Kano Custom Command, E.C. Duru denied knowledge of the seizure of the car dealers’ goods, referring journalists to some units he said operated in the state.
He said none of their officers in Kano Custom Command was been behind the confiscation of the car dealers imported cars, explaining that there are several Federal operations in Kano not under their command.
“Some Customs who are strictly under federal command operations might have been behind the confiscation of the cars, but anything that has to do with Kano Command do come to this table for proper verifications,” he said.