The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), has stated that 90 percent of the cars in Nigeria were smuggled into the country.
The customs boss added that the raids carried out at dealer shops were to ascertain if the vehicles they are selling were smuggled in.
He told newsmen that the raids was also to collect duties on smuggled cars because the country needs revenue.
“We want to use this opportunity to ensure that cars within our borders are fully customised, which means duties are paid on them.
”We are looking for revenue from everywhere and we have these people who brought in vehicles and failed to pay duties.
“What we are doing now, we are just enforcing the law, which allows us to collect revenue on behalf of Nigeria and also ensure those vehicles you and I will go and buy have genuine papers that are roadworthy.
“If you meet our officers on the road and they ask for the papers, if they discover you have not paid your duties, they will seize the vehicles.
“We are doing all these to save car buyers from running into trouble,” he explained.
He also revealed that road blocks will be mounted to ensure import duties are paid by car smugglers.
“The law allows us to stop you and ask for the car papers, if your papers are intact, we thank you and bless you, if it is otherwise, we will ask you to pay the duties.
“If we find out you are not a smuggler, you are just an innocent buyer, we will value the car and ask you to pay the required duties on the car and you will be freed,” he said.