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90 percent of cars in Nigeria are smuggled – Customs boss, Ali

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The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd), said Thursday that 90 percent of cars in the country were smuggled into questionable items.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Ali, who said this while addressing journalists in Abuja, claimed that many vehicles on display in car stores across the country were also smuggled.

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He explained that the recent incursions into the locations of several car dealers in some parts of the country should determine whether the vehicles were genuinely brought or not.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that According to him, the country needs income for development. Therefore, it became necessary to charge fees on these smuggled vehicles.

“We want to take this opportunity to ensure that cars within our borders are fully customized, which means they should be paid taxes.

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“We are looking for income from everywhere, and we have these people who brought vehicles and did not pay taxes.

“What we are doing now, we are just enforcing the law, which allows us to collect revenue on behalf of Nigeria and also ensure that those vehicles that you and I are going to buy have genuine documents that are in a position to circulate.

“If you meet our officers on the road and they ask you for the papers, if they discover that you have not paid your homework, they will take over the vehicles. We are doing all this to prevent car buyers from having problems,” he explained.

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Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The customs chief said the organization would continue to mount roadblocks from time to time to stop vehicles and ensure that taxes on cars were paid.

“The law allows us to stop him and ask him for the papers of the car, if his documents are intact, we thank him and bless him, if not, we will ask him to pay the tariffs.

“If we find out that you are not a smuggler, you are an innocent buyer, we will value the car and ask you to pay the required fees on the car, and you will be released,” he said.