How smugglers fake vehicle chassis numbers – Customs

Hameed Ali, Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service

Smugglers on the Seme Border route have developed a new tactic to beat customs inspection by deftly superimposing fake chassis numbers on original chassis numbers of their smuggled vehicles. But the Nigeria Customs Service, Badagry Command, has stated that however dubiously smart the smugglers are it is technological equipped to unravel their tactic.

The Customs Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Mohammed Umar disclosed this in a media chat on the activities of the command between January and March, 2019 at the Customs House at Seme Border, Lagos State.

Comptroller Mohammed noted that the smugglers would superimpose old chassis numbers on the original numbers of newly smuggled vehicles tally with fake documents to circumvent customs inspection, saying that the faking is easily detected by the technology put in place by the customs.

”Desperate to circumvent customs inspections, smugglers now superimpose used chassis numbers on original chassis numbers of smuggled vehicles tally with their fake documents. But we use technology to unravel their antics. They should know that we are ready for them,” said Comptroller Mohammed.

The customs boss disclosed that the command from January to March had generated a sum of N1,260,684,226.91 billion into the coffers of the federal government.

He informed that the enforcement unit had worked tremendously to reduce smuggling activities but seizures of various items which include vehicles, rice, cloth, vegetable oil, etc were made.

The items seized and their duty paid values are: 4745 bags of 50kg foreign rice (8 trucks), N85,504,000; 27 of 25 litres of Jerry cans of vegetable oil, N346275; 34 of 50kg bags of sugar, N567,000; 261 of 25litres of PMS, N391,500; 80 cartons of poultry products, N720,000 and 95 of 6 yards of new textile materials, N1,026,000.

Others are 24 cartons of Maggi, N162,000; 20 pieces of household effects, N675,000; 19 boxes of frozen seafood, N192,375; 68 parcels of Tramadol (N918,000)/10 parcels of cannabis; 220 of 6 yards of Ankara textiles, N1,782,000; 180 sacks of scrap metals in a Volvo FL7 Truck, N8,505,000 and 23 vehicles, N87,595,702.

The Customs boss added that a Scania 280 truck carrying two Polaris Terrain trucks and other household items was impounded. He noted that the command the cannabis had been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), maintaining that four robbery suspects with ammunition and charms were arrested at Gbaji Bridge axis and were handed over to the Police.

Comptroller Mohammed thanked that the Comptroller General of Customs for the continuous support and encouragement to the officers and men of the command which, he said, has been a motivational tonic for them to discharge their duty.   

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