The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Tincan Island Port Command, has denied alleged extortion levelled against some of its officers posted to Clarion Bonded Terminal as reported by Premium Times on Monday 15th October, 2018, that sparked up protests by freight agents.
According to a statement from the office of the Command Public Relations Officer, SC Uche Ejesieme, while defending the Commands stand against corruption, disclosed that the reform agenda of the Area Controller of the Command, is very emphatic on compliance and due diligence, adding that it is instructive to note that the Command will not lower her guard by enforcing the fiscal policies of the Federal Government in relation to facilitation of trade.
He said ” Our position might seem punitive, but not intended to victimize, either frustrate any compliant trader and facility owners.
We therefore diabuse the minds of the general public to their allegations of extortion which triggered unnecessary and mindless protest leading to disruption of activities at the Bonded Terminal in question. We hereby enjoin importers and their agents to ensure strict compliance with import guidelines and avoid false declaration which may necessitate actions that might be viewed as high handedness.
Finally, TCIP as a user friendly port would like to reassure importers and their agents that we are still deeply committed to our resolve to reward compliance and trasperency as the task of Nation building is a shared responsibility .
The allegation remains in the realm of imagination which is inconceivable and outrightly fallacious. The new officer in charge of the gate, introduced strict measures aimed at that all revenue loopholes are curtailed and of courseits only natural for humans to adapt to change, the PRO hinted.