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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Customs Suspends Proposed Check on Vehicles for Payment of Duties

The Nigeria Customs Service NCS has suspended its proposed check on vehicles in the country to ensure that they paid the right customs duties, the move which had been loudly rejected by Nigerians led to a resolution by the Senate that it be stopped pending a meeting between the Comptroller General of Customs Retired Colonel Hameed Ali and the Senate committee on Customs. 

The service has now bowed to pressure by suspending the move as contained in the following letter signed by the Acting Public Relations Officer of the Service, Joseph Attah.

Following the unnecessary tension generated as a result of misconception and misrepresentation of the Nigeria Customs Service planned motor duty payment, the leadership of the National Assembly and the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) met with a view to resolving the impasse. They both agreed that the proposed motor duty payment, though in line with the provision of Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap C.45, LFN 2004 should be put on hold while the Senate Committee on Customs & Excise interfaces with the NCS for further discussions.
While payment of duty on vehicles or indeed any dutiable imported item remains a civic responsibility of every patriotic Nigerian, NCS Management has directed that the exercise be put on hold while expressing readiness to engage the Senate Committee on further discussions to bring them on board to understand the importance of the exercise to national security and economy.

Joseph Attah
Ag. Public Relations Officer
For: Comptroller-General of Customs

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