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FG losing N6.5tn to corruption in Customs says Senator



The Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs, Senator Francis Fadahunsi, has said  the Federal Government is losing about N6.5tn   yearly  because of the    corrupt practices   in the Nigeria Customs Service.



The lawmaker said the nation did not need to borrow to operate and develop its  infrastructure if  corruption  in the NCS and other government agencies had been curbed.


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Fadahunsi, who  said this in an interview with our correspondent in Lagos,  said the country  would  make  a lot  of money from customs duties  with proper management


According to him, the Senate Committee on Customs and Tariffs intercepted some  shipping containers suspected to be carrying arms and ammunition, tramadol, used clothes  and other banned items.

Fadahunsi, who represents Osun East in the Senate, said corrupt customs officers were also colluding with clearing agents to under-declare the value of imported goods in order to pay lesser duties.


He also said  the shipping containers brought in from China were not being  carefully examined  despite the threat of  coronavirus. He said some of the containers were loaded with, used  clothes from China.

Also, a source at the Onne Port told our correspondent that the activities of corrupt NCS officers  were making the nation to lose so much revenue.


The source said the Minister of Finance and National Planning (Mrs Zainab Ahmed) had  ordered that these activities should be investigated.

He said the probe was done and the report of the investigation was submitted but an official at the ministry was allegedly frustrating the move. Punch
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