The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Tin-Can Island Port Command has handed over to the International Police Organisation (INTERPOL) two Range Rover SUV jeeps suspected to be stolen.
The Public Relations Officer, Mr Uche Ejesieme, said in a statement on Friday quoting the Area Controller, Comptroller Bashar Yusuf, that the interception was due to an INTERPOL’s intelligence report.
He said that the vehicles loaded in a 40ft container No. UACN 548368/1 was imported from Washington D.C., U.S. and declared as Toyota Tundra and Chevrolet Cruiz with some bicycles.
Yusuf said that based on intelligence report made available to Customs by INTERPOL, all consignments from the U.S. were placed on high surveillance to ensure that the suspected container was tracked.
“The vessel was monitored from the port of loading to Tin-Can Island Port and intercepted on arrival.
“The vehicles are a gold-coloured Range Rover SUV 2014 with Chassis No.SALGS2VFGEA126188 and another black coloured Range Rover SUV 2015 with Chassis No SALGS37FOFA239330,’’ the controller said.
The controller said that the service would resist any attempt by any individual or organisation to use Nigeria as a conduit pipe for illicit transactions.
He added that INTERPOL Nigeria would subject the vehicles to due diligence investigation and would eventually use internal mechanism to take the vehicles to the U.S.