The Nigeria Customs Service has been asked to rid the service of corrupt officers if it hopes to effectively battle vehicle smuggling and duty evasion.
Car dealers issued the challenge in Lagos in view of the continued crackdown on car shops by Customs operatives.
TVC News Correspondent, Ifunanya Eze reports that the Nigeria Customs Service had alleged that there were smuggled cars in sales outlets across the country. But the owners of these sealed premises are saying that the action has become recurring.
They are insisting that officers of the Nigeria Customs Service are more culpable than others in the line of accusations regarding vehicle duty evasion and smuggling.
They are threatening legal action to enforce what they see as constant intimidation.
TVC findings revealed that the management of the Nigeria Customs Service had set up a revenue recovery committee with the mandate to issue demand notice to effect payment for cars without proper duty documents, while those vehicles under detention are to pay 25% penalty after payment of duty .