Reps summon Customs CG over allegations of extortion


The House of Representatives Committee on Customs and Excise on Tuesday summoned the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Colonel Hameed Ali (retd.).

The NCS boss is expected to appear before the panel in a fortnight over allegations of extortion levelled against the agency by stakeholders in the shipping and maritime industry.

The panel, following series of complaints from ports operators who are involved in the import, export businesses and clearing/forwarding agents, against the NCS, held an investigative hearing on Tuesday.

In attendance were senior officers of the Nigeria Shippers Council, the NCS, the Nigerian Ports Authority, Webb Fountain, clearing and forwarding agents, among others.

The stakeholders told the panel that the cumbersome processes put in place by the NCS was encouraging all forms of extortions by some officials of the agency.

The operators specifically alleged that the dwindling revenue from the ports were caused by the cumbersome clearing process which usually lasted over two weeks.


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