▲
▼

Welcome to NairaPark (NP)

It's possible to achieve your sales target through NairaPark. Learn How »

Don't miss Daily Updates

 
Name:
 
Email:
 
Mobile:

 
Keep me posted

Member Login

 
Lost your password?
 

NairaPark Statistics

45,100 Members    |    173 Online
Sunday, December 17, 2017.

Not a Member? Sign Up!

 Male  Female  Terms
 
Nigerian News » Politics
 
 
 
 

Travellers, Customs at loggerheads over seized vehicles at checkpoints


 
Posted 4 months, 2 wks ago
 
 
 
 
Travellers have condemned the action of some officers of the Nigeria Customs Service for seizing  their vehicles after an order to remove illegal checkpoints was handed down to them by the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.).

Our correspondent gathered that officers from the NCS, Federal Operations Unit, Owerri, said to be on information patrol on Wednesday July 26 and Thursday July 27, impounded cars from travellers heading for the South-East along the Benin-Ore expressway.

But the Public Relations Officer of the NCS, Mr. Joseph Attah, said that whenever officers received information about smuggled goods, they had the mandate to set up temporary checkpoints and demand for import duty for those goods.

He said, “Officers on receipt of information about certain items that have been smuggled can set up temporary checkpoints in the hinterland to demand duty payment for those items.

“These are officers on information patrol; they are only there to check the goods that are suspected to be smuggled after which they will leave the area. They do not mount permanent road blocks.”

The NCS on Tuesday ordered the dismantling of illegal Customs checkpoints.

According to Attah, the CGC’s directive was in line with the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council’s ease of doing business initiative.

One of the travellers, Emeka Ani, told our correspondent that two cars were seized from him on Wednesday and one other car was seized from his friend in Benin on Thursday.

He said the cars were bought in 2009, adding that Customs were not supposed to demand for import duty documents of such cars.

Attah, however, argued that any goods discovered not to have genuine import duty documents would be seized when identified.

“We cannot say, for instance, that because somebody stole something in 2009, he should not be made to pay for the crime (now) since it happened a long time ago.

“In the same vein, anybody who refuses to pay import duty to the government on any dutiable item will be made to pay the duty whenever the person is arrested,” he stated.
 
 
 
 
 
 
You might also like:
 
Terrorists kill 18 police officers, wound 15 others in academy bombing

A suicide bomber from Somalia’s Shabaab insurgents killed 18 police officers and wounded 15 others on Thursday when he blew himself up inside the...

Murder: Court orders remand of policeman in prison

An Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court on Thursday remanded in prison a 30-year-old police officer, Famodimu Ayo, over alleged murder and attempted...

Polish TV channel fined over coverage of protests

Poland’s media regulator has fined a major news channel over alleged biased coverage of anti-government protests in December 2016, with the...

 
Outsourced Credit Control, Cash Flow, Debt Collection, Track and Trace, Loan Collection
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
Bulk SMS Widget
Type your message:
Schedule Message
image
 
 
Own an attractive Website along with Free Web Hosting, Domain Registration, Search Engine Submission and unlimited Email Accounts. Start Now »
 
73 Kobo Bulk SMS Service
1501804747
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Signup on NairaPark NairaPark © 2010 - 2017 - All rights reserved. Signin to NairaPark
NairaPark © 2010 - 2017 - All rights reserved.

 
[x] Close

Not a Member? Sign Up!

 
 Male  Female  Terms
 

Already Registered? Sign In!

 
 

Forgot Password? Reset Now!