Customs deploy men to borders to enforce ban on land vehicle importation

By Our Correspondent
The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has directed operatives of the Headquarters Compliance Team and Federal Operations Units to beef up security at the land entry points across the country.
A statement issued by the spokesman for the service, Mr. Joe Attah stated that the action was put in place to “compliment the resident officers of land borders to effectively beef up security and enforce the Federal Government policy on non importation of vehicles through the land border.”
While stating that the service was carrying out its statutory function of implementing the Federal Government’s fiscal policies, Attah stated that the advantages and opportunities inherent in the policy is a motivation to ensure compliance.
Lamenting huge loss in terms of revenue, he stated that “Regrettably, despite Nigeria’s bigger and more equipped port facilities, statistics has shown that more than 90% of vehicles imported to neighbouring countries are normally on transit to Nigeria market.”
On the work description of the team, he wrote that “The CGC charged the anti-smuggling squads to ensure total blockage such that no desperate vehicle importer gets his or her to smuggle in the trapped vehicles.”

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