The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has sealed up Coscharis, Elizade-Toyota motors and other major car dealers across Lagos State.
The NCS also sealed up the offices of Globe Motors, Stallion Motors and Westar Associates claiming they were in search of cars smuggled through the land borders.
The Car dealers in response have condemned what they described as harassment and the attempt by the agency to label them as smugglers.
The dealers lamented the huge losses they claimed to have suffered since the seal-up.
Customs officials in search of smuggled vehicles, had at the weekend stormed the outlets of car dealers, including Elizade Motors-Toyota Nigeria Limited and Stallion Motors and Dana Motors and sealed up the dealers’ marts.
The dealers were however quoted by Thisday Newspaper as claiming they were responsible citizens who massively contributed to the economy of the country through employment of Nigerians and payment of over N20 billion as duty to the federal government yearly, denying any involvement in smuggling.
The dealers wondered why the Customs authorities were only focused on southern part of Nigeria when smugglers who do not contribute anything to the economy were having a field day in the northern parts of the country.
CobraReview gathers that an official of Coscharis says the organization represents international companies of repute, and that the action of the Customs would run counterproductive to the government’s foreign investment drive. He adds that it was also not good for Nigeria’s ease of doing business index.
He assured their foreign partners, customers and stakeholders that they were not involved in smuggling of vehicles.
“We don’t understand what is happening yet but we cooperate with all agencies of government and if the Customs need any information about our business, they ought to ask instead of sealing our showrooms, and thereafter ask us to come for a meeting.
They should understand the implications of shutting down our facilities because an unnamed dealership allegedly smuggled in vehicles,” he adds
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