Customs puts duty payments on old vehicles on hold

"I have been further directed to tell you that the date given to the comptroller-general of the Nigerian Customs Service Wednesday 15th March 2017 to brief the senate in plenary on the retrospective duty payment of vehicles in Nigeria has coincided with the fortnightly meeting of the NCS management".

While Nigerians have expressed concerns on the issue, their representatives in the Senate are livid over the insistence of the Nigerian Customs Service to go ahead with the policy.

Consequently, the Senate invoked Section 89 of the Constitution against Ali, insisting that the Customs chief must appear before it at 10 am.

George Sekibo that the senate should employ the provision of section 89 of the 1999 constitution as amended.

Upholding the resolutions, Senate President stressed that the resolutions for his appearance on Wednesday stands, adding that there was no way a management meeting of Customs could override the Senate.

According to ThisDay, the letter, read at plenary on Tuesday morning, drew the ire of the senators who stated that by asking a subordinate officer, Assistant CG, to respond to its formal invitation and sign on his behalf, Ali had disrespected the institution.

The Customs service said that the suspension was placed in order to resolve issues with the Senate Committee on Customs.

"Following the tension generated as a result of misconception and misrepresentation of the NCS 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". reports that as a way of parcifying the already enraged senators, the Customs CG suspended the policy to impound vehicles without duty payment.

The Nigerian Senate had asked the Nigeria Customs Service to stop its proposed clampdown on motorists in the country which the agency said have failed to pay Customs duties.

"He will appear but he may not wear uniform", said the source.

This applies even to new vehicles bought from auto dealers.

However, the lawmakers did not insist that Ali must appear in uniform.

  • Elsie Buchanan