Stella Dimoko Customs CG Backtracks on Import Duty Payment Following Senate Intervention


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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Customs CG Backtracks on Import Duty Payment Following Senate Intervention

The Nigerian Customs Service, has backtracked on its stance to enforce the payment of Import Duties on vehicle owners following the intervention by the Nigerian Senate.

Following a Senate resolution on the issue on Thursday, March 9th, which stated that the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hammeed Ali (rtd.), must appear before it to explain the decision by the Customs Service to stay the course on the ultimatum given to car owners nationwide to pay duties on their vehicles between March 13 and April 12, 2019, or risk having their cars impounded, the NCS has backtracked, stating that it never contemplated taking any measure to force compliance, adding that the policy was being “misconstrued, misinterpreted and has been blown out of proportion.”

In a conversation with ThisDay newspaper on Monday, March 13th, the acting public relations officer of the NCS, Mr. Joseph Attah, stressed that at no time was the policy targeted at car owners, however, this clarification by the Custom Service was conspicuously missing before the Senate intervened on the issue.

Attah further clarified that there was nothing special about, except that motor dealers, and not vehicle owners, were being asked to use the period to pay for unpaid duties on vehicles.


  1. Yeye man. He wants to generate income for FG by force. Why must innocent nigerians pay for the cost of corruption eating deep within the Nigerian customs

  2. Na dem sabi. What do they use the money for? They squander it in the end, they should always remember that 'diaris God o'

  3. Yeye man. Who puts a retired person as customs comptroller when there are more competent senior officers who can handle this position well.
    Very useless and insensitive decision. He is backtracking cos of the backlash he received.

  4. Best news ever. Hope the useless policy is scrapped......

  5. Very dumb exercise. It was not a policy, the man was only trying to forcefully generate revenue for the government, Buhari still has some dumb people around him and Nigerians must resist this useless and harmful exercise. Why should Nigerians pay for the sins of the corrupt custom officer, people are not smiling and you even want to make it worse, they will impound your vehicle and sell to their own front man at a ridiculous price. Senate must stop this madness.


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