Vehicle Duty: Rights group supports Senate over Customs Service CG

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…..says, New Vehicle duty policy is barbaric, self-centred, satanic

As Comptroller- General of the Nigeria Customs Service(NCS), Col. Ahmed Alli, has been billed to appear before the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly this week Wednesday over the impropriety of the new policy on vehicle duty, a rights group in Nigeria, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has thrown its weight behind the position of the Lawmakers, directing the Customs boss to appear before it in full regalia of the service uniform as a mark of honour  and respect for the organization and the nation in general.

The group which also disclosed that the invitation of Customs boss by the Senate was in order to put sanity into the system and as well to ameliorate the suffering Nigerians might encounter as a result of the implementation of the Customs’ new vehicle duty policy, saying that the Customs decision could not be justified by any logic than self serving.

It strongly condemned the Customs’ new Vehicle Duty Policy, describing the policy as barbaric, anti-masses, draconian, self-centred, satanic, illegal, ungodly, anathema, and abomination, unconstitutional and undemocratic.

The group, in a statement signed by its Executive Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman and copy was made available to newsmen on Monday, commended the members of the 8th Senate, particularly, the Chairman Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Dino Melaye and Senate Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’allah, for standing up against the illegal and anti-people policy of Nigeria Customs Service, enjoying the lawmakers not to allow the policy to see the light of the day.

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Comrade Sulaiman who further explained that since inception of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, the government have been formulating and implementing the obnoxious policies that made life unbearable for the Nigeria masses, adding that Nigerians should not be made to pay for the incompetence of the men of Nigeria Customs Service(NCS) over non-payment of appropriate duties on vehicle ,asking rhetorically, if the men of Customs were slept off before the vehicle left the seaports and borders in the land?

Rights activist asked the Federal Government to purge the Customs Service of bad eggs, insisting that the level corruption in the service were so high beyond imagination and increasing geometrically
on daily basis, blaming the operatives for non-payment of appropriate duties on goods and service brought to the country.

He then advised the Customs Service to be alive to their official duties by stopping collaborating with the smugglers to evade the payment of Customs and Exercise duties on goods and services brought
to the nation, advising the Customs Service to self the idea of this obnoxious vehicle duty policy which portrayed them as irresponsible and irresponsive organization.

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According to him, “The decision of the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly to invite the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Ahmed Alli over the obnoxious new Vehicle duty policy and as well to appear before it in the Service Uniform is a welcome development which is in right direction. We are not in Banana country where anybody in position of authority can be doing as he likes and Col. Alli should not be allowed to return the nation back to the dark days of military which they could do anything at will without checkmating.

“The 8th Senate of the National Assembly under Dr. Bukola Saraki should be given kudos for standing against the anti-masses policy of Nigeria Customs. Nigerians should not be allowed to pay for the
incompetence and corruption of the men of Nigeria Customs. We can say categorically that the men of the operatives are collaborators of smuggling illegal goods and evasion of payment of Customs and Exercise duties in Nigeria. The service should strive to get rid of bad eggs in its operative so as to regain their lost glory”.

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Supporting his argument by quoting Senator Melaye of Kogi West, that, “I am member of the Customs Senate Committee and I want to educate some of us today, we have Deputy comptroller General of Customs, their next promotion, if it comes to be , is Comptroller General of customs. And we have asked this man (Alli) in the Committee, why is he was not hearing the rank of Comptroller General and he said Uniform men’ do not wear uniform twice. I asked him, under which law.

“I educated him by reminding him that he retired as a Colonel and that General (Haladu) Hananiya retired as a General. When he was appointed as the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, he wore, promptly and daily, the Uniform of the Corps”.

It will be recalled that penultimate Thursday, the Customs boss, Col. Ahmed Ali, through a Circular, issued a one month ultimatum, from Monday, March 13, to Wednesday, April 12, 2017, to all Vehicle owners within the country, whose Customs duties had not been fully paid to do so, advising in the Circular that all Motor Dealers and Private owners of such vehicles to visit the nearest Zonal office of the service to pay appropriate duties on them.

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