[The Legislative Blog]: Senate suspends Customs policy on seizing vehicles without duty

PIC.23. SENATE CHAMBER DURING THE INAUGURATION OF THE 8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IN ABUJA ON TUESDAY (9/6/15). 3023/9/6/2015/CH/BJO/NAN

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.

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.

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. He also threatened that erring vehicle owners would face prosecution.

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

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