Federal government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) buy vehicles from smugglers, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has disclosed.
Assistant Controller General of NCS, Aliyu Saidu, disclosed this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Customs on Tuesday in Abuja.
Saidu, who represented the Controller General of Customs, Hameed Ali, before the committee over bottlenecks at the ports said most of the escort vehicles are bought from smugglers, adding that there was a need for everyone to comply with existing policy.
“Unfortunately today, the big men in Nigeria – I didn’t say National Assembly members — all their escort vehicles Hilux are smuggled vehicles. MDAs, ministries and departments of government today, patronise smuggled Hilux. And that is why if you go to our system the number of Hilux importation has dropped but you will find them hundreds in town. Mostly they use them as escorts,’ the Customs officials said.
He also revealed that Customs will be launching a mobile app to make tracking duties easy for Nigerians.
He said the app will be launched next week.