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Senate suspends Customs policy on seizing vehicles without duty

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Senate has issued an instruction to the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) to cease the policy that allows it to seize vehicles on which duty has not been paid. gathered on the official Twitter handle of the Nigerian senate, @ngrsenate that the motion to halt the policy was sponsored by Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Balla Na’Allah who opined that it is not possible for cars to come into the country without paying duty.

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The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) had earlier announced a month-long grace period between 13th March to 12th April for owners of all vehicles within the country whose customs duty had not been paid to do so while stressing that erring vehicle owners would face prosecution.

Bala Na’Allah, deputy senate leader, urged the upper legislative chamber to look into to the planned action.

He prayed the senate to direct customs to “stop all actions” until it appeared before its committee on customs.

The senate then directed the service to suspend its planned action.

Speaking on the motion earlier, Dino Melaye, a senator from Kogi west, had said it was impossible to import and to clear a vehicle without the “knowledge and collaboration” of customs officer.

“We should not pay for the incompetence of the Nigeria customs,” he said.

After debating the issue, the upper legislative chamber passed a resolution that the policy be suspended, and summoned the comptroller-general of customs for adequate explanation.

Senate President Saraki read a prayer to direct the Nigerian Customs to stop the action until they appear before Senate Committee on Customs operations.