By Innocent Orok
Even as vehicles imports are ban from Nigeria borders, smugglers are developing new trends to bring in vehicles through the borders.
The latest smuggling tactics is that smugglers will change the chassis number of newer vehicles to reduced the age of such vehicles in their paper documentations.
The Area Controller of the Seme border command, Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba disclosed this yesterday to journalists, five suspect were also arrested in connection with the various offences committed at the Command in the last one month.
Compt Uba Garba disclosed that a total of 27 vehicles have so far been seized by the command in the last one month. A female suspect, Shalewa Oyetunde, 35 years, was also arrested with 5.9kg of Cannabis Sativa, she has so far been convicted for two years.
Another notable suspect nabbed by the Command was a fake Youth Corp member using Nigerian diplomatic number to cross the border.
The suspect, Abdul Umar, according to the Area Controller claimed to be a youth corp member made lots of allegation against high level place personnel’s in the country, including an embassy.
According to Uba Garba
“The suspect claimed to be a member of Nigerian Youth Service Corp, claiming to have the personal telephone number of the Inspector General of Police.
When our men stopped him at the border, he said, he went to drop someone. We asked him the documents he used to pass through the border, he brought out his telephone claiming to have the number of the Police boss.
After a search, documents where found showing that the vehicle is Renult model. When we asked his identity, he brought out his identity card, 2014 NYSC”.
“We called the Director of NYSC to confirm,but the Director said that in such cases, they often collect the old ID card and issue a new one to the person for the current year. That was why we arrested him for further interrogation.”
The Seme Customs boss further disclosed that a total of 5,383 bags of 50kg foreign perboiled rice (equivalent to 9 trucks ) with DPV N97,001,660, 68 parcels of Tramadol with DPV of N918, 000 and 10 parcels of cannabis which was handed over to the NDLEA, 180 sacks of scrap metals in Volvo FL7 truck with DPV of N8, 505, 000 were intercepted along Owode axis and other exotic cars.
The command in its revenue drive has so far collected a total of
N 1,260, 684,226.91within the period under review.