Car smugglers using fake presidential number plates to deliver vehicles, says Nigeria Customs Service.
NCS said that the agency had impounded lots of vehicles with fake number plates, including those of local govts, ministries.
Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit Zone “B”, Kaduna, Chedi Wada, has lamented that car smugglers now use fake presidential number plates to deliver vehicles across the country.
Wada disclosed this when he received Bashir Rabe-Mani, Zonal Manager, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Kaduna Zonal Office, who paid him a courtesy call in Kaduna.
According to Wada, smugglers are also dubiously using fake number plates belonging to various state and local governments, MDAs, Emirate Councils, and other governmental institutions, to deliver vehicles.
He said :
“Customs will not relent. We will continue to do our best by not allowing smugglers to use the old tactics of using the presidential number plates and other governmental institutions to smuggle luxurious vehicles into the country.
“This is one of the menaces we are having. It is saddening how vehicle smugglers are ridiculing the apex seat in the country by using. presidential fake plate numbers on newly smuggled cars to deceive customs,”
But Wada noted that customs personnel are well-trained and can easily identify fake numbers and cannot be played by the old tricks.
The comptroller said :
“We are not happy with them, it is too bad for them to be playing with the presidency, that’s why we always put a heavy hammer on those using the presidency on false instances on smuggled vehicles.
“Let them respect the presidency, we must respect the presidency that is leadership.”
Wada also disclosed that they had impounded lots of such vehicles with fake number plates including those of local governments, ministries, and lots of government institutions.
He further said that the agency was saddled with the responsibility of suppressing anti-smuggling activities, revenue, and trade facilitation while implementing other governmental policies.