Nigerian Customs To Audit Private Jet Ownership 

Hyacinth Chinweuba

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has set out plan to begin screening of all privately owned aircrafts in the country to ensure strict compliance with all regulations.

The exercise will commence on June 7, 2021.

This, according to the National Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Service, DC Joseph Attah, has become paramount considering the security challenges facing the country. He disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Abuja on Monday.

DC Attah who accused some highly placed individual private aircraft owners of reluctance to pay taxes said that the exercise will ensure strict compliance with all relevant regulations governing importations of such aircrafts.

“Consequently, Nigeria Customs Service in line with its statutory functions as provided for in part III sections 27, 35, 37, 45, 46, 47, 52, 56, 63 and 64;

Part XI sections 144, 145, 155, 160, 161 and 164 as well as part XII sections 167, 168, 169, 173 and 174 of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA);

We hereby invite all the owners of Private Aircrafts in the country to come forward with their relevant importation clearance documents for verification.” he said.

The expected documents are aircrafts certificate of registration, NCAA’s Flight Operations Compliance Certificate (FOCC) and NCAA’s Maintenance Compliance Certificate; NCAA’s Permit for Non Commercial Flights and Temporary Import Permit. All such owners or their representatives are to report to room 305, Tariff and Trade Department, Customs’ headquarters.

The verification will begin on Monday June 7 to Tuesday July 6, 2021 and it will be from 10.00 a.m. and ends 5.00 p.m. daily” he explained.

The spokesperson said the owners of private aircrafts were respected individuals whereby the service expected them to comply with this directive.

Attah noted that anyone who refused to comply or turn up for this verification would be sanctioned accordingly.

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