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Customs Raid Hotel, State Liaison Offices In Abuja For Smuggled Vehicles

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Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service [NCS] have, on Wednesday, raided a some hotels and state liaison offices in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, in search of smuggled luxury vehicles.

One of the hotels raided is the popular Abuja seven-star apartment hotel, Fraiser Suites.

The operatives, it was gathered, also raided some car marts and state liaison offices suspected of dealing on smuggled cars.

A source at Fraiser Suite disclosed that four high end vehicles were seen at the hotel premises, adding that the owners were summoned to provide the original documents of the vehicles.

The source said, “The Customs gave the hotel management notice about the operation.

“They tracked down four luxury cars to the hotel premises and the owners were asked to provide the original papers showing that the necessary duties were paid on the cars.

“One of the vehicles belonged to a regular guest at the hotel while two others belonged to the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche (formerly Akintola Williams Deloitte).”

Further findings also revealed that the Customs operatives had similarly raided some car marts in the Federal Capital Territory, but the number of sealed showrooms could not be immediately ascertained.

The service had reportedly sealed car marts in Kaduna and Sokoto States on Monday, as part of the clampdown on smuggling through the land borders by the Federal Government.

The Comptroller-General’s Strike Force and officers attached to the Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’ in Ikeja had similarly raided and sealed car dealers’ offices in Lagos.

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