- Customs operatives arrested one Abdul Umar who claims to be an NYSC member, with a diplomatic vehicle trying to get into Benin Republic
- The suspect showed some diplomatic documents giving the vehicle immunity from being stopped or arrested, when he was accosted
- The area comptroller of Seme Customs Command said the documents showed that the IGP should be contacted if the vehicle was stopped
- Investigations are currently being conducted to ascertain the true situation of things
Operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service, Seme Command, have arrested a 35-years-old man, Abdul Umar, who claimed to be a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member.
According to Daily Trust, the individual was driving a Renault car with diplomatic plate number when he was arrested.
Legit.ng gathers that he was trying to cross into neighbouring Benin Republic with the car.
The development was made public on Wednesday, March 20 by the area comptroller of Seme Customs Command, Mohammed Uba Garba, while addressing journalists.
Garba said the suspect showed some diplomatic documents in form of ‘To Whom It May Concern’, which gives the vehicle immunity from being stopped or arrested, when he was accosted by customs operatives.
The suspect reportedly also paraded documents which contained phone numbers of prominent people in Nigeria, including the inspector general of police and some other falsified documents.
Garba said: “In the documents, it was stated clearly that if the vehicle is stopped, the inspector general of police should be contacted.
“On further interrogation, we found out that he had a 2014 NYSC ID card on him. When we asked him why he is parading such ID card, he said that he had issues with NYSC; that was why he has not gone to collect his certificate.
“Since ID cards or phone numbers of highly placed persons are not part of Customs clearance procedure, we then demanded for the documents of the vehicle, only to find out that the documents in the vehicle were indicating a Primera vehicle while the vehicle itself is Renault.
“Inside the vehicle was another plate number, so we are currently investigating the matter to know the true situation of things.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that five bullet-proof cars and other goods with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of over N591 million were impounded by officers of the Nigerian Customs Service attached to the Force Operation Unit (FOU) Zone C, Owerri.
The impounded vehicles included a 2018 Range Rover with DPV of N10.27 million, 2018 model Hilux with DPV of N95.6 million and other brands of Toyota cars.
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