The Nigerian Customs Service will today commence the verification of all vehicles in the country to track those with genuine from fake documents, Daily Trust reports.
According to a circular issued early this month, the Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali, approved a grace period of one month – 13th March to – 12th April – for owners of all vehicles in the country whose customs duty had not been paid to make the payment.
He also urged all motor dealers and private owners of such vehicles to visit the nearest customs office nationwide to verify and pay the appropriate duty on them.
The order by the customs authorities, which didn’t go too well among vehicle owners and other stakeholders, led to the Senate calling for the suspension of the exercise and also summoning the Customs boss to appear before it tomorrow, Tuesday.
Despite the summon, the Customs still insisted on its stand but with 60 percent duty rebate on all vehicles that are of 2015 model and below.
After the deadline, the NCS said it would mount an aggressive anti-smuggling operation, not only at the borders but all roads nationwide to impound any vehicle that did not have appropriate duty papers and prosecute its owner.
“For the avoidance of doubt, all private car owners who are not sure of the authenticity of their vehicles’ customs documents can also approach the zonal offices to verify their status with a view to complying with the provision of the law,” the statement concluded.