N30trn customs probe: Senate uncovers ‘more leakages’

N30trn customs probe: Senate uncovers ‘more leakages’

The senate has expanded its panel probing the alleged N30 trillion revenue leakage in the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
 
Following an indication of more leakages, the upper legislative chamber added its committee of marine transport to join in the efforts of its committee on customs which has been carrying out the probe.
 
Moving a motion on the floor of the house on Thursday, Hope Uzodinma, chairman of senate customs committee, said it was discovered that shipment meant for Nigeria was diverted to Benin Republic, The Cable News reports.
 
He said his committee identified that between 2006 and 2017, there was over N30 trillion worth of foreign exchange in form of approved Form M and there is no evidence that such goods came into the country.
 
“The recent one which is mind-blowing is that shipping companies will load full cargoes worth billions of naira, come into the country and go to bonded terminals, offload and Nigerian government will not collect one kobo,” he said.
 
“All they do is informal negotiation with the terminal operators, the regulators and then they will offload. This is an international crime.
 
“We have identified over 228 vessels with their registration numbers, the terminals where they offloaded and we are going through customs database tracking every shipment and vessel that came and offloaded.
“There is another fraud we discovered, which is, all the Asian companies moving all their goods to Cotonou in Benin Republic and these goods are meant for Nigerian market.
 

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