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Nigeria: Oil Majors in N10 Billion Customs Duty Fraud


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Lagos — The onslaught unleashed on customs duty evaders by the Nigeria Customs Service has revealed some oil majors as among the individuals and organisations that may have been depriving the federal government of customs duty revenue.

Barely one week of swinging into action in the Eastern ports, the Customs Duty Investigation Team ‘B’ has uncovered revenue losses to the tune of N10 billion through large scale breach of clearance procedures and unpaid assessments.

An extract from the interim report of the investigation team submitted by the Head, Hassan Mundu, and made available to LEADERSHIP, fingered the oil majors as being deeply involved in the breaches.

“A glean from the interim report submitted by the team head, Hassan Mundu, a Deputy Comptroller of Customs, indicated large scale breach of clearance procedure and unpaid assessments as the major reasons for the revenue loss.

“Majority of the defaulters are the big oil and gas companies operating in the area as well as a handful of Nigerian companies engaged in providing various ancillary services to them.”

According to the report, an unpaid sum of N9,389, 477,000.00 made up of customs duty and other charges are outstanding against the companies due to non-utilisation of Risk Assessment Report(RAR), in 2007 and 2008. The report also said that during the same period, about N1.5 billion was discovered as unpaid assessments still hanging in the customs ASYCUDA system

Risk Assessment Report is a mandatory document required for all customs duty transactions in Nigeria. Issued by the DI Service Providers, it provides a guide to the customs as to the description of goods imported, its tariff classification for duty purposes and duty payable by the importer. It recommends the appropriate level of intervention necessary for customs before clearance is effected. This may vary from documentary check, scanning or physical examination,” the statement explained.

It would be recalled that the Customs Comptroller-General, Dikko Abdullahi, had set up the duty investigation team to look at the possible areas of revenue leakages in order to address the problem of dwindling revenue from customs duty.

Nigeria: ANPP Chairman Expunged Over Alleged Theft


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Bauchi — The former chairman of the All Nigerian Peoples Party in Bauchi State, Alhaji Sani Shehu, has been expunged from the party by the state chapter of the party for alleged stealing of party funds which runs into millions of naira and allegedly conducting himself against the party constitution.

This was disclosed by the caretaker committee chairman of the party in the State, Alhaji Haruna Shitu while addressing newsmen at the party secretariat yesterday.

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Shitu disclosed in the course of its investigations the party discovered that Alhaji Shehu could not account for over N172 Million being 10 per cent and five per cent deductions “made from monthly salaries of political office holders at the state and local government levels respectively, to fund the party among others.”

The caretaker chairman further explained that the expelled chairman of the party had also taken into his personal use, the sum of N17 million made from the sales of nomination forms during the last party primaries for local government council election in the state.

Shitu reiterated that the suspension of the former chairman was to enable the party pave way for investigations into the accusations leveled against him and was finally found to have dipped his hand into the party’s funds.

Shitu further revealed that he had handed over the affairs of the party to its state secretary, adding that another reasons for the expulsion of the former chairman was because of his going to court to challenge the legality of his suspension by the state party exco, an action, which according to him, automatically expels him from the party, according to the party constitution.

Shehu, when contacted by our correspondent on action taken by his party and the allegations leveled against him said that, the allegations were not true and that the present exco of the party has no right to expel him.

Shehu had earlier lost a case at the Federal High Court sitting in Jos where he filed a case to reclaim his seat as chairman of the party in the state