The Post Clearance Audit Unit of the Nigeria Customs Services Zone “A” is wining the war against underpayment of correct duties on importations by some unscrupulous agencies and corporate bodies. It has recovered the whopping sum of N100, 747, 069.32 (One Hundred Million, Seven Hundred and Forty Seven Thousand, Sixty Nine naira and Thirty Two Kobo) as underpayment and false declaration within March –June from such agencies and corporate bodies.
The Customs Area Controller, Post Clearance Audit, Comptroller Gideon Aliyu lamented that several agencies and bodies were not paying correct duties on imports as classified under Customs Exercise Management Act to the Federal government.
Comptroller Aliyu, disclosed that the debit note (DN) of about N760,066,800. 44 kobo was recovered from the commands, Apapa, Tincan, Muritala Mohammed Airports and Lily Pond under Zone A of the customs Service.
A breakdown of the sum recovered showed that N16,165, 918.70 was recovered in March while N226,145, 421.00 DN uncovered and yet to be paid, N7, 229, 487.59 was collected in April while the sum of N178,337,226.09 was recorded out of the N178.3m recovered N7,446, 188. 61 was collected from Apapa premier port into federal government coffer. While N69, 905,364.51 was realised in June.
The Customs Area Controller said Apapa command has highest number of debit note raised as a result of rice importation, adding that PCA scheme of schedule is to reconcile and fast tracking as to block all areas of revenue leakage accruing to federal government.
He noted that issuing of DN after relishing of consignment is challenging as some agent may refuse to comply with the customs after taking home their goods, “though the PCA block some of these unreliable agency’s system to enable them response to the payment.
According to him, the PCA is making positive impact in revenue drive to get the agencies to pay the deficit but was worried that despite sensitizing the stakeholders about the need to pay correct duties and true declaration on goods imported, many importers did not comply with NCS.
Investigation also indicated that out of the outstanding debit note recorded from previous months accounted for N5, 619,333.90 and Muritala Mohammed Airport Command owned N514, 584.91 out of the N19,118, 140. 80 DN issued by the zonal office, N7, 419 44.88 was currently issued and recovered while the remaining amount was a back log.
Our investigation also indicated that Apapa Command has the highest debit note of N781, 712,702. 91 followed by MMIA with over N5,405,798.30.
It was also gathered that money recovered have been remitted to the federal government coffer on behalf of the customs by the import duty collection banks.
The Zone “A” of the customs with headquarters in Yaba-Lagos normally tops the revenue chart of the service zones in the country for the fact that it comprises Apapa, Tincan Island port. Which record the highest revenues and frauds on a yearly basis.
Bello’s Gunmen After My Life, Family -Kogi Dep Gov
Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba yesterday alleged that the governor of the state has sent gunmen after his life.
Acbuba called on the inspector General of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Army and other security personnel to safeguard his life, family members and his aides.
Achuba, who spoke with newsmen at his official residence in Lokoja said, “From all information at my disposal, the governor has mobilised gunmen to attack me.
“I want the police, SSS, IGP to know that if anything should happen to me, my family and aides, the governor should be held responsible.”
The deputy governor likewise called on the President to beam his searchlight on the state.
LGAs Responsible For Farmers, Herdsmen Clashes In Nigeria -UN
Zebulon Takwa, Peace and Development Adviser, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, says poor Local Government administration is largely responsible for farmers-herdsmen clashes in Nigeria
Takwa, who gave the position in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, expressed concerns over “weak operational structures at the local government level’’.
He said that issues that were supposed to be addressed by local administration authority were left unattended to over a long period.
The UN official noted that most of the issues that escalated to crises ought to have been resolved at the local level by the authorities, traditional and religious leaders.
He decried the situation where structures for such prompt amicable settlement were not effective enough to prevent conflicts.
Takwa condemned the situation where most local government officials migrated to urban centres instead of concentrating on their primary responsibilities of settling crises, developing infrastructure and social amenities, among others.
Reprisal Killing: Taraba Police, Tiv, Junkun Differ On Casualities
The Police Command in Taraba State has said that only one individual was killed in what appeared to be a revenge for the alleged murder of a Junkun man yesterday.
While the Tiv claimed that no fewer than nine of their kinsmen were killed in Takum town, Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Tuesday, the Police said the figure was not true.
Takum is the hometown of Governor DariusIshaku who turned 65 today.
Multiple sources in Takum said trouble started yesterday morning when a Jukun man was killed on his farm along Takum-Wukari road, and irate Jukun youths in Takum went on the rampage, killing at least eight people in the town.
A resident of Takum, Mr. Nathaniel Jato, in a telephone interview with our Correspondent said the eight people killed in Takum town were all Tiv resident in the town.
“We counted at least eight dead bodies around General Hospital Junction and Zenith Bank around the Wukari roundabout.
“We were told that many people were killed around Rimi Primary school area, but there is tension, so we can’t go there.
“The Caretaker Chairman of Takum Local Government Council, ShibanTikari, has assured us that the situation will not escalate, but I am afraid the situation might degenerate if adequate security measures are not put in place,” he lamented.
Jato, who said there was threat that their houses would be attacked in the night, called on Governor Darius Ishaku and security authorities to quickly restore peace in the area to pave way for proper investigation of the matter.
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