House Committee Warns Of Legal Action Against Customs CG And NPA MD

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A special House of Representatives committee has issued a stern warning, suggesting that it may resort to legal measures against the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Adewale Adeniyi, and the Managing Director of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko. This caution came in response to their continued refusal to attend committee hearings.

The ad hoc committee conveyed this ultimatum during its recent investigative hearing, which seeks to uncover the extent of illegal auctioning of public assets and the failure to remit revenue into the Consolidated Revenue Fund by these agencies between 2010 and 2022.

Hon. Julius Ihonbvere, the Majority Leader of the House and Chairman of the ad hoc committee, expressed his dissatisfaction with their absence stating, “This kind of political rascality and irresponsibility must stop.” He underscored that no Chief Executive should be deemed immune to the law; emphasising the constitutional authority that empowers the House to summon individuals and entities.

Ihonbvere underscored the House’s intent to collaborate with government agencies but stressed that Customs and the NPA had displayed defiance. Consequently, the committee and the House are prepared to demonstrate their constitutional authority to ensure compliance.

In a separate development, the Director General/CEO of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Bashir Jimoh, is scheduled to testify before the Ad-hoc Committee. He will provide further details regarding the sale of 82 vehicles for a meager sum of N5.8 million over the past 12 years. These revelations stem from documents presented by the Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Mr. Chudi Offodile.

Offodile’s documents also unveiled that 39 luxury vehicles were sold for a total of N6,753,500 in 2022 through Forced Liquidation/Auction Value. In line with the committee’s resolution, Jimoh will be required to provide information about the auctioneers, beneficiaries, original vehicle costs, invoices, and related approvals from government bodies such as the Federal Ministry of Works & Housing and the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP).

 

 

 

 

 

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