Car Dealers Demand Nigeria Customs To Pay ₦10bn Compensation Over Sealed Auto Marts

LCCI condemns the actions of the NCS as affected Car dealers now issue out a 14-day legal ultimatum for re-opening of their auto Marts with compensation of up to ₦10 billion. Check details here!

Ever since the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) sealed off major auto marts across the country, from 29th September 2019 till now, Naijauto has been following the responses and outcries of the affected car dealers. After so many neglected public warnings to the NCS, a Lagos State’s association of car dealers has now issued a legal request for the immediate re-opening of their sealed auto marts by Customs, and a ₦10 billion compensation within 30-day time or else face a court battle.

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Lagos Car dealer Association issues 14-day legal ultimatum for NCS to re-open sealed marts or face court battle

Even though the NCS claims to have sealed off the various Auto Marts because it’s currently investigating illegal “smuggled vehicles”, many of the affected car dealers keep alleging that the current the NCS is purely abusing power and not taking the right procedure.

From reports reaching us, the Lagos Car dealer association has now sent a letter to the Attorney General of Nigeria, Speaker of HOR, and the Senate President. Part of the letter reads thus;

“We must state here with all sense of responsibility and patriotism that the action of the Nigeria Customs officers in this regard is a demonstration of gross irresponsibility, unprecedented impunity and abuse of power.

“Though the Nigeria Customs and Excise Management Act gives you the power to examine, mark, seal and take account of any goods; in this case, you did not examine, mark, seal and take account of the particular vehicles identified as not being properly cleared, but rather sealed the entire premises without any form of examination or inspection of papers.

“Take notice, therefore, that you have 14 days from the day you receive this letter to unseal all our clients members’ business premises to enable them carry out their lawful businesses as Nigerian citizens.”

“Take further notice that you have a period of 30 days from the date you receive this letter to pay a compensation of N10bn to our clients for the severe hardship, suffering, embarrassment, loss of business, physical, mental and psychological torture and trauma your arbitrary, lawless and inconsiderate action has caused our clients and their families, failing which our client shall be left with no other option but to seek redress through a competent court of law.”

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D.G of the LCCI, Mr Muda Yusuf also rebukes the Nigeria Customs Service for sealing Auto Marts especially in Lagos

Amidst all of this hullabaloo, the LCCI (Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry) has also severely rebuked the shut down of the Auto Marts by the NCS. The Director-General of the LCCI, Mr Muda Yusuf had stated in a recent public statement that local investors shouldn’t be treated the way NCS has done to the Lagos car dealers, especially without following the proper procedures for doing such.

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