Senate discovers 1,500 exotic cars owned by ministers, governors

TVC E. The discovery of 1,500 exotic cars at a yard in Lagos may have sent cold shivers down the spines of governors and ministers, some of whom have been indicted.

The Senate committee on customs, excise and tariff led by its chairman, Hope Uzodinma, made the discovery when its members visited the Volkswagen Yard, on the Mile 2-Badagry Expressway in Lagos. It was reported that the vehicles had been packed since 2015 and that one of the governors indicted is from the south-east.

According to the report, the governor, whose name is withheld, owns 15 Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) intercepted and impounded by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and parked in the agency’s office in Ikeja. The committee was said to have discovered that the yard looked deserted with disused equipment in its assembly plant scattered.

The report said officials of the company had refused to open the store for the senators to inspect it. They were however forced to open it after they were threatened. It was learnt that the senators were shocked as they found 1,500 pieces of various models of Volkswagen products and other brands of vehicles in the warehouse. It is yet to be known what action the Senate would take concerning the discovery.

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