37 assorted Sports Utility Vehicles valued at N1.374bn has been seized by the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS.
Comptroller General of the NCS, Col. Hameed Ali, (Rtd), disclosed this in a chat with newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday.
According to him, 8 units of brand new 2017 model of Lexus LX570, and 12 units of 2017 model of Toyota Land Cruiser were among the seized cars.
Others were 17 units of Toyota Hilux ranging from 2010 to 2019 models.
The Customs CG said the CGC’s Compliance Team and the Roving Team of the Federal Operations Unit in Lagos jointly made the seizure.
He said, ”Similarly, a total of 12,081 bags of smuggled parboiled rice with a duty paid value of N149m were seized.
”Apart from the seizure of vehicles and rice, the reinvigorated anti smuggling operations yielded another 156 assorted seizures including bales of used clothing, Indian hemp, and used tyres.”
Col. Ali pointed out that the Federal Government’s policies banning the importation of rice and vehicles through the land borders were still in force.