6th March, 2012
The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko, on Tuesday in Abuja, debunked claims by some parties that the service had no records of petrol-laden vessels that came into Nigeria in the last few years.
Dikko said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Customs Service checked the vessels that claimed to be bringing in petrol.
He said any Nigeria-bound ship must report to the Nigerian Ports Authority and would have a manifest and must be checked by Customs before it was cleared.
“Whenever a ship comes into Nigeria, it first of all reports to the Nigerian Ports Authority; any ship that is given a rotation number must have a manifest and that manifest must come to Customs
“So how can it be that we don’t have a record, it would not take us two minutes to generate any information that you want from the Customs system.
“We can tell you how many ships come and how many where reported but any ship that did report to Customs equally did not report to NPA
“As long as a ship reported to NPA it has a rotation number, manifest must reach the Nigerian Customs Service so we have that record.”
During the House of Representatives probe of the subsidy on petroleum products in Nigeria, the deputy comptroller of customs, Julius Nwogwu had said that petrol importation was given tariff waivers, beginning from the Obasanjo regime, given the impression that the department did not keep records of the importation.