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NIGERIA: Customs deny Osaze’s jersey story, insist N.1m was paid as duty

Last Sunday we carried a story titled ‘Customs, FAAN frustrate Osaze’s jersey donation to Insurance FC with a rider, Associate forced to pay N.1m based on a story told by the Super Eagles associate, Austin Uabor.
The Nigerian Customs Service have however, reacted to the story denying ever frustrating the jersey donation nor forcing Uabor to pay N120,000 for excess luggage and have stated their own side of the story.
According to the Customs’ Public Relation Officer, Mrs Thelma Williams, the Customs were “carrying out her statutory responsibility in good faith” when “on 25th February, 2014, a returning passenger by name Mr. Ebigbo Pascal, C. with Passport No. AOO232183 had four (4) luggages (sic) which were found upon examination to contain Un-branded T-shirt which were dutiable.”
The Customs said that contrary to Uabor’s claim that it demanded N120,000 from him for the set of jerseys and other items, after inspection of the goods, the passenger (Ebigbo) was “issued with a Valuation Assessment Form to enable him pay his import duty and other statutory charges thereof for which a total of N100,060.00 was paid into First Bank, Murtala Mohammed International Airport (branch) by himself (Ebigbo) and the consignment released out of Customs Control.”
The Customs however, frowned at the publication of the story told by Mr. Uabor “without recourse to finding out the Area Command’s side of the story”, a story which it said was capable of portraying the Service “negatively in the eyes of the general public even when carrying out her statutory responsibilities.” The misinformation is regretted.
 

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