Smugglers Exploiting Counterfeit Presidential Number Plates — Customs Reveal

Adoga Stephen By Adoga Stephen - Editor-In-Chief
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Mr. Chedi Wada, Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone “B,” Kaduna, has expressed concern that smugglers are using phony presidential number plates to transfer automobiles throughout the nation.

According to Wada, they have also been utilising forged licence plates from various states and local governments, MDAs, Emirate Councils, and other public agencies.

Wada revealed this when he had a courtesy call from Bashir Rabe-Mani, NAN Zonal Manager (ZM) in Kaduna Zonal Office.

He said, ”Customs will not relent and will continue to do its best by not allowing smugglers to use the old tactics of using the presidential number plates and other governmental institutions to smuggle luxurious vehicles into the country.

”This is one of the menaces we are having. It is saddening how vehicle smugglers are ridiculing the apex seat in the country by using presidential fake plate numbers using them on newly smuggled cars to deceive customs.”

According to him, customs officers are well-trained individuals who can readily recognise bogus numbers and are not susceptible to old gimmicks.

The comptroller said, “We are not happy with them; it is too bad for them to be playing with the presidency. That’s why we always put a heavy hammer on those using the presidency on false instances on smuggled vehicles.

“Let them respect the presidency; we must respect the presidency.”

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By Adoga Stephen Editor-In-Chief
Stephen studied Mass Communication at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu (now Lagos State University of Science and Technology), where he acquired requisite training for the practice of journalism. He loves the media, and his interest mostly lies in print medium, where his creative writing skill makes him a perfect fit.