By Adekunle Adeniyi/TnTv Network
Licence agents have called on the senate to investigate the Nigerian Customs Service over allegations of corruption.
In a petition addressed to Senate President Ahmad Lawan, the agents listed the alleged atrocities of customs officials.
In the letter which was also sent the Secretary of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the minister of finance Zaynab Ahmed, the concerned licensed Customs agents want the Senate to look into the revenue declared by the Service which was far more than what was generated.
They said no crime can be “perpetrated within either seaport or airport without the customs support”.
They group said there is a massive chain of corruption within the customs, accusing its management of deliberately rendering the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information Systems (NICIS) ineffective.
“We will like the government to know that it is not customs that generates revenue, it is customs licensed agents that go around and look for importers, not customs and we are the one paying customs duties for our importers not customs which at the end of the year, customs will now take the glory so in this sense we will like your humble office to do something for us in respect of this revenue generating by us not customs,” the petition read.
“We will like you to call the customs authorities to order in respect of various activities of units such as CG Strike Force, CG Squared, CAC monitoring unit and FOU at the seaport especially at Liverpool bridge and Ijora bridge and also at Leventis Area “B” all in Apapa and Tincan, Lagos. These units have been harassing people.”
The agents lamented that customs officers often engage in harassing Nigerian citizens under the disguise of implementing security operations.
They called for an investigation into the several alleged atrocities committed by the customs service and its leadership.
The licence agents also called on the senate to advise the customs leadership on implementing digital clearance.