Revealed: Why Customs Seized Senate’s N298m SUV

DETAILS have emerged as to the reasons behind the seizure of the bullet proof Range Rover Sports Utility vehicle (SUV) belonging to the National Assembly by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in January.

The man who imported the car, Tokunbo Akindele, who gave details of the issues with the car in an affidavit worn to on January 25, 2017 in the High Court of Lagos State indicated that he had imported two Range Rover SUVs into the country in 2015 through a company, Hizmack Incorporated.

The two Range Rover 2014 model cars had chassis number SALGV3TF3EA190243 and SALGV3TFXEA178445 were issued the End-User Certificate by the Office of National Security Adviser dated February 23, 2017.

He claimed in the affidavit that only one of the cars was sold to the National Assembly after its clearance.

He also claimed in the affidavit that Hizmack introduced to him a Customs licensed agent, named one Latif Olajide, whom he paid the required duties to aid the clearance of the vehicles.

On clearing the vehicles, he said that he sold one of it to the National Assembly, but that he was shocked to receive a call from a representative of the National Assembly on January 13, 2017 who told him the car had been seized by the Customs for allegedly parading fake Customs papers.

He said in the affidavit that he had no knowledge that the documents used by Olajide to clear the vehicles were fake and that he had paid the correct charges given him by the Customs Clearing agent.