- The disclosure was made by Senator Hope Uzodinma who said there were documents to back up the claim
- The Senate is currently investigating the disappearance of some vessels as well as the loss of revenue to the government
Nigeria recently lost N30 trillion to a cabal at its ports, documents available to the country’s Senate have shown.
The Nation reports that chairman of the Senate joint committee on Customs and Marine transport investigative panel, Senator Hope Uzodinma, as making the disclosure on Thursday, July 20.
Senator Uzodinma reportedly said that early findings by the committee into activities of Customs, financial leakages and malpractices in the country’s port and revenue system showed that “a group of unpatriotic persons brazenly constitute themselves into cabal to inflict infractions at the nation’s sea ports.”
The senator said the issue had become a daily occurrence at the country’s sea ports just as he accused commercial banks, shipping companies, terminal owners and operators of conniving with Customs officials and those of the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) to defraud the country.
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According to him, the alleged infractions come with various strategies including abuse and violation of foreign exchange issued by Central Bank of Nigeria, incorrect classification and under valuation of vessels coming into the country.
The Senate had earlier asked the managing director of Nigeria Port Authority, Hadiza Bala Unman, to account for 282 missing vessels.
The Senate also queried the NPA and Customs for not allegedly collecting charges on the vessels. It wants to know who authorized the release of the vessels from the ports.
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“Senate, determined to end the villainous assault on the economy of the nation and has taken the bull by the horn and set to get to the bottom of this organized crime and come up with future proof and ways of eradicating this gruesome menace,” Uzodinma said.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that following what it described as monumental fraud and incompetence and lack of vision, a group under the auspices of Nigerian Anti Corruption Crusaders (NAC) called on President Muhhamadu Buhari to order the immediate investigation, dismissal and prosecution of Mr Habib Abdullahi the MD of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA).
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