The Nigerian Customs Service is in a triumphant mood.

They are having an upper hand over smugglers at least for now.

Within the last 60 days, the NCS seized 283 vehicles as they were being smuggled into the country.

These are not just ordinary vehicles. They are very expensive ones - the types Nigerian refer to as automobile.

Prices of some of them run into tens and hundreds of millions of naira.

NCS boss, Hameed Ali told newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja that 18 of those vehicles were seized from Abuja-based car dealer, Kefiano Motors Limited.

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Out of the 18 vehicles, Ali stated that 13 were bulletproof and did not have the mandatory end-user certificate, which is usually issued by the Office of the National Security Adviser.

“In a period of fragile security, we cannot afford to have unauthorised persons use armoured vehicles. Without end user certificates, possession of these vehicles is illegal,” Ali told the newsmen.

He said the least of the cars was valued at 70 million naira, while the most expensive one was estimated at 280 million naira.

He gave the breakdown of the 18 vehicles as 2 Range Rover, 1 Rolls Royce, 4 Lexus, 3 G-Wagon, 2 Prado, 1 Lincoln Navigator, 1 Infinity, 1 Mercedes Benz 4matic, 2 Toyota Sequoia and 1 Toyota Camry.

Ali said with the 18 impounded vehicles, the service had now confiscated a total of 283 vehicles in the last two months.

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