Audit Unit of Customs Recovers N17.4b

By Maritime Security News

The Post Clearance Audit (PCA) Unit of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Zone A, has recovered a total of Seventeen Billion, Four Hundred and Forty-Four Million, Six Hundred and Twenty-Seven Thousand, Five Hundred and Eighty-Seven Naira (N17,444,627,587)in the year 2018.

Findings show that the amount  recovered in the year 2018 is more than One Billion Naira above the (N16,325,201,584) achieved in 2017 when compared.

However, the Service, it could be recalled also recovered a total of N15,592,024,702 in 2016, this was according to our implacable source.

The unit,.it was gathered had equally  recovered a total sum of N8,698,124,641 between January and June 2018.

This amount, when compared to recovery was N2,687,980,161 above the N6,010,144,480 collected within the same period in 2017.

This was disclosed By Customs Controller in charge of the unit, Mohammed Abba Kura, while briefing former Assistant Controller General and Zonal Coordinator for Zone A, Aminu Dahiru during the latter’s last visit before he was redeployed to Abuja.

The unit which its core function was to look into past documents used for clearance to ascertain their authenticity, was said to had told Abba-Kura Dahiru that in addition to what they collected then, that the unit had as well uncovered several duty underpayments in various transactions and that after some attempted arguments to shed  and cover the underpayment, the defaulting companies were made to pay back to the differences to government.

Our investigation reveals that these payments are coming after the Customs Headquarters resolved the long outstanding  dispute between the unit and the unnamed defaulting companies in favour of the Lagos PCA Unit

The former ACG (Dahiru) the same source noted had commended the Controller of the unit and his team for their great performance while ensuring that government revenue is not lost even after goods have exited the ports to importers warehouses while lauding his competence and that of his team on the post clearance audit job.

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