The Customs Area Controller of Seme Border Command, Aliyu Mohammed, has said over 67 unit of exotic cars with duty paid value of over N1.3 billion stolen from Nigeria have been recovered through the Customs collaboration with the Interpol arm of Cote d’Ivoire
“Thieves and smugglers, who now find it difficult to exit Nigeria with stolen vehicles, now use other routes with the hope of a free passage way but they are eventually caught through Seme,” Mohammed said.
“Vehicle thieves cannot come to Seme because they know we are equipped with the technology and manpower to apprehend them. Even when they do it through other routes, we have a way of catching them.
“We also monitor movements of people and vehicles from my office. We see rice being brought in every hour of the day and vehicles being seized when necessary. Our Interpol operation is in sync with our Controller-General’s zero tolerance for illegalities,” he said.
Officer in charge of the Seme Interpol Unit, Idris Leckey, said most of the seized vehicles were discovered to have traveled with fake registration numbers and forged documents.