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Security: Nigeria Customs engages private jet owners for verification exercise

*In view of the challenging security situation and reluctance of some highly placed individuals to pay taxes, Nigeria Customs Service says it is taking stock of all privately owned aircraft in the country

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

In order to ensure compliance with approved regulations at this time of challenging security situation besides revenue generation for the government, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has invited private aircraft owners for verification exercise from June 7 to July 6, 2021.

Mr. Joseph Attah, Public Relations Officer of NCS, who disclosed this development at a media briefing at the Customs Headquarters, in Abuja, FCT, noted the measure is to ensure strict compliance with the NCS regulations and revenue generation through the payment of 1 percent Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme.

Attah said: “In line with the need to ensure strict compliance with all regulations especially at this time of challenging security situation and reluctance of some highly placed individuals to pay taxes, Nigeria Customs Service will be taking stock of all privately owned aircraft in the country.

“This is to ensure strict compliance with all relevant regulations governing the importation of such aircraft.”

The Service PRO explained the NCS derived its power to conduct the exercise from “Part III Section 27, 35, 45, 46, 47, 52, 56, 63, & 64; Part XI Sections 144, 145, 155, 160, 161 & 164 and Part XII Section 167, 168, 169, 273, & 174 of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) hereby invites all owners of Private Aircraft in the country to come forward with their relevant importation clearance documents for verification.”

Attach stated that the NCS expects the private owners to come along with aircraft certification of registration, NCAA’s Flight Operations Compliance Certificate (FOCC), NCAA’s Maintenance Compliance Certificate (MC), NCAA’s Permit for Non-commercial Flights (PNCF) and Temporary Import Permit (TIP) where applicable).

He said: “All such owners or their representatives are to report to 305, Tariff and Trade Department, Nigeria Customs Service Headquarters, Zone 3, Abidjan Street, WuseZone 3, Abuja-FCT from Monday 7th June through Tuesday 6th July 2021 between 10:00a.m. and 5:00p.m. daily, with all the relevant aircraft documents for verification”.

Attah insisted failure to comply with the verification exercise will certainly lead to the sanction of the defaulters.

He said the Nigeria Customs Service generated N799,024,705,961.00 between 1st January to 30th May, 2021.

When compared with the same period last year, he said, there is a positive difference of N226,110,610,991.00.

The NCS also attributed the feat to the strict implementation of all extant rules governing imports, exports, and Excise in Nigeria.

The Service was able to record the increase due to the strategic deployment of officers, said he.

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