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Dealers protest,demand release of seized vehicles .

The National President of Association of Motor Dealers of Nigeria (AMDON), Adedoyin Ajibade appealed to the the Nigerian customs service (NCS) to release all recently seized vehicles belonging to its member and to also stop the continue sealing of car lots nation wide .
The appeal was made at a press briefing in Abuja .He also urge the NCS to regulate importation in the country .
Last week , the men of the Nigerian customs service raided car dealership across the country seizing tens of vehicles with a claim that the said vehicles were smuggled into the country or appropriate taxes were not paid on them .
The Nigerian Customs service said the seized vehicles would be released only when the owners pay the statutory import duty and an additional 25% penalty on them.
Mr Ajibade , AMDON head asked the NCS to treat its members with respect as they pay taxes on all vehicles they clear from customs thus contributing its own quota to nation building .
The AMDON President, said that government should create enabling environment by reducing Customs duty and unnecessary hiccups in clearing of goods, also prayed government to employ the use of modern technology in combating smuggling.
He affirm that usage of technology in the best way to combat smuggling and also urged that other security agencies should be brought on board so that smuggled vehicles wont be able to be registered .
He said, “We were in rude shock when we woke up to a new dimension of sealing of car marts for days without justification, only for the suspicions that 90 percent of vehicles in the premises did not pay Customs duty’.
“Sealing of car shops can never be a solution to the issue of non-payment of duty. Most of the vehicles on our roads that did not pay Customs duty are brought in by individuals who have no registered companies and do not pay taxes.
“It is a well known fact that motor dealers have been grappling with similar difficulties for the past four years without any respite despite extending our hand of fellowship to the NCS in the collection of duties nationwide.”
Ajibade urged members of the association across the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja to maintain calm and be law abiding while AMDON uses every peaceful and legal means to pursue the resolution of the matter as quickly as possible

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Written by Femi Oyewole

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