The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), on Thursday said 90 per cent of cars in the country were smuggled into the country by unscrupulous elements.
Ali, who said this while addressing newsmen in Abuja, alleged that many vehicles on display for sale in auto shops across the country were also smuggled.
He explained that the recent raids of the various car dealers’ spots in some parts of the country were to ascertain whether the vehicles were brought in genuinely or not.
According to him, the country needs revenue for development, hence, it became necessary to collect duties on those smuggled vehicles.
“We want to use this opportunity to ensure that cars within our borders are fully customised, which means duties are paid on them”, NAN quoted him as saying.