30 of 65 private jets in Nigeria owe Customs’ duties – Official

The Nigeria Customs Service says 30 out of 65 private airplanes verified so far are liable to pay required duties to the Federal Government.

The Customs Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah, made this known while speaking with newsmen in Abuja yesterday.

Attah explained that some of these airplanes came into the country by Temporary Importation agreement, which allows them to bring the jets without payment because they were secured by a bond.

He said, thereafter, many of them failed to turn up to pay on the expiration of the agreement, which necessitated the verification.

He stated that with this exercise, there would be more revenue to be accrued to the Federal Government because those who failed to adhere to the agreement would be made to pay the duties.

The Customs’ spokesperson said the verification had also allowed the service to clearly differentiate those airplanes in the country that were on commercial operations from those owned and used for private purposes.

Attah restated that the verification was not meant to embarrass anybody but to ensure that the right or required duties were paid to the government by the owners of these private airplanes. 

He further disclosed that with the impact of the first two weeks extension, the service had again given another two weeks, which commenced from Monday, July 26, to Friday, August 6.

According to him, this will be the last extension because whoever fails to turn up for the verification will have his aircraft impounded.

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