Customs to Collect Outstanding Duties from 30 Private Jet Owners


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No fewer than 30 owners of private jets in the country will pay outstanding duties on their aircraft, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the Service, this number was out of the 65 private airplanes which have undergone customs verification.
Attah who spoke to newsmen in Abuja explained that this was because some of the airplanes came into the country under temporary importation agreement in which case they came in without payment having been covered by bond.
He disclosed that the owners of the planes had failed to come for pay the duties after the expiration of the agreement which was the reason for the verification carried out by the Customs some months ago.
The customs had continued to extend the time for verification and payment.
Attah added that those who were yet to take advantage of verification exercise have been given from July 26, to Friday, August 6 to do so.
He explained that the exercise was not targeted at embarrassing anybody but to ensure that the Customs collects duties meant for the government on the airplanes.
He told newsmen, “The exercise, as I stated in our previous briefings, is not intended to be punitive or to embarrass them but to ensure that these private jets that operate in the country are properly documented. This is to ensure that all revenue due the federal government is collected into the coffers of the federal government. As you all know the case of increasing economic challenge, every source of revenue is important to the government and beyond that, for security purpose.”


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