Expired tyres killing many innocent Nigerians -Says -Compt Mohammed Uba
*Seizes tyres, contraband worth over N91.5million
*Uncovers 1,433 bags of foreign rice conceal with salt
By Udeme Clement :
The Coordinator, Joint Border Drill Operations, sector-3, covering Kwara, Niger, Kogi and Benue States, Comptroller Mohammed Uba, has said that the use of secondhand and expired tyres by commercial transport operators is killing many innocent citizens on the highway.
Comptroller Uba, frowned at the ugly trend of using expired imported tyres in the country, condemning it in totality.
He lamented that many cases of auto crash on Nigerian roads are caused by expired tyres that are smuggled into the country illegally.
Comptroller Uba made these assertions while addressing reporters in Ilorin, on anti-smuggling activities within the North Central zone of the country.
He disclosed that in the last 18 days, his team intercepted 220 pieces of expired tyres concealed in a container of imported vehicles and spared parts.
His words, “The reality is that most of the accidents on our roads are caused by imported expired tyres. The tyres are expired but these drivers still carry passengers without considering their safety, thereby endangering lives of innocent Nigerians.”
He informed that the seized tyres were among 56 seizures of prohibited items recorded by his team, with total Duty Paid Value DPV of N91.5 million.
Other items include
1,433 bags of foreign rice concealed in bags of salt and watermelon.
Others were 56 units of used vehicles, 30 bales of second-hand clothes, 426 jerrycans of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) 25 litres each, another six drums of PMS and 29 jerrycans of of diesel, among other items.
While responding to questions from reporters, Comptroller Uba, explained that the items were intercepted along Chikanda, Kontagora, Jebba-Mokwa and Alapa/Mandalla axis, through intelligence.
He pointed out, “Smugglers now devise means of using tipper meant for carrying sand, electronic gadgets, vehicle spare parts, even salt to conceal smuggled rice.
“These economic saboteurs are wasting their resources because we will continue to thwart their efforts”.
Recall that this seizure of used tyres is coming only few weeks after Comptroller Uba and his men intercepted 21 vehicles smuggled into the country through the bush paths.
Our investigation revealed that Compt Uba and his men used credible intelligence, trailed the smugglers in the bush for days, until they seized all the smuggled vehicles.
Mohammed Uba, is an enforcement officer who has given illicit traders a tough time in Nigeria.
He understands the tactics of chasing smugglers on land, bush paths, border communities and the creeks.
Another thing about Compt Uba, is his gentleman appearance. Any time you see him, he looks very quiet and gentle, but when it comes to Customs operations, especially anti-smuggling, he is a guru and no-nonsense enforcement officer.