Customs Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ bursts syndicate forging customs clearing documents to import vehicles.
Over 600 pictures of vehicles domiciled in the Benin Republic awaiting forged clearing process was recovered.
A suspect was initially arrested with forged documents of a 2007 Mercedes-Benz along Ajilete-Idiroko road.
Two smugglers, a physically challenged man and his accomplice were also arrested with local charms for assault on the Operatives.
The officers and men of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has apprehended a two-man syndicate that specialises in forging Customs clearing documents in their abode in the Idiroko area of Ogun State.
Hussein Ejibunu, the Acting Comptroller in charge of Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ made known to Press Men at the monthly Press Briefing on the 7th of March, 2023 in Ikeja, Lagos.
According to him, a suspect was initially arrested with forged documents of a 2007 Mercedes-Benz along Ajilete-Idiroko road and upon in-depth investigation, the syndicate was arrested with over 600 pictures of Vehicles domiciled in the Benin Republic awaiting forged clearing process.
“Though the Kingpin is at large, we caught them in the act at their house in Idiroko, they were cloning Customs documents for about 600 Vehicles to be brought into Nigeria. There are lots of evidence and intelligence that will be used against them in Court, I have their remand order till the case will be concluded.”
“They smuggle cars through unapproved routes and forge the papers for unsuspecting Nigerians, if you want to buy a Vehicle even those at car mats, take the document to any Customs formation and confirm the authenticity so you don’t fall prey.” Ejibunu advised.
Items recovered from the Suspects include Fake Customs valuation stamp, Fake Customs Duty Chart Book on vehicles, Fake Customs documents and vehicle registration documents, Four Computer monitors, and three processing units with keyboard and Printer.
Similarly, a physically challenged man and his accomplice were arrested with local charms for assault on the Operatives along Owoyele Igbogila road of Ogun State.
The suspects who were found with various types of charms smuggled over fifty bags of foreign parboiled rice in a used Mazda car and assaulted the Officers, with the intention to disappear.
“They attacked one of my Officers with a charmed horsewhip, they had the effrontery to attack lawful Officers, despite being physically challenged, he has charms all over his body, and they have been charged to Court.” he said.