House Of Representatives Probes Customs Boss

Hameed Ali arrives senate chambers in white babariga and white cap to match.

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd), is under probe after the acceptance of such a motion on the floor of the House of Representatives, on Thursday.

The motion was moved by Rep Prestige Ossy from Abia on the “Need to Investigate the Failure of the Nigerian Customs Service to Auction Confiscated Goods”.

The lawmaker also highlighted the Customs act of letting seized goods go to ruin instead of auctioning them off.He said instead of auctioning the seized items worth billions of naira, the service left them to degrade.

He said “most of these goods, especially the vehicles with duty paid value (DPV) worth over N6 billion, are rapidly depreciating.

“The customs service will eventually spend huge amount of money in disposing them when it ought to have generated huge revenue for the government by auctioning them before they wither away.

Ossy said the FG has lost over N1trillion due to “the failure to auction goods in its custody”.

Following the adoption of the motion, the house passed it to its committee on Customs and excise to investigate and report back in eight weeks.

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Oladapo Okeowo is an OAU alumnus with over half a decade publishing experience. He lives in Lagos and can be found where the coffee is black, the book is enthralling, the movie is popping and Arsenal is playing. Dapo was an Assistant Editor at Concise News.

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