The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in a bid to protect the brand of tyres in the Nigerian market has step up its anti-smuggling campaign.
The agency’s task force seized 8,295 used tyres popularly called “tokunbo” in Zone C which has its headquarters in the Imo state capital, Owerri.
The seized second hand tyres worth N66 million.
Customs Area Controller of the Federal Operations Unit, Comptroller Bukar Amajam made this known to newsmen in the Edo state capital, Benin City, shortly after conducting newsmen around NCS Government Warehouse, Benin City where the seizures were being showcased.
Amajam said that most of the used tyres were craftily concealed in their various means of conveyance but operatives of the service were able to detect and intercept them.
According to the Customs chief, the used tyres put motorists in grave danger and therefore the unit in carrying out its functions will continue to ensure that irresponsible traders bent on putting Nigerian lives at serious risk will not succeed.