Nigeria Customs suspends controversial vehicle duty policy

Comptoller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Hamid Ali, addressing the agency's personnel

The Nigeria Customs Service has announced the suspension of its new policy on payment of import duties on vehicles.

Customs gave car owners one month to pay duties for their vehicles — for those who had not done so– vowing to prosecute defaulters.

The plan sparked controversy as many Nigerians complained about paying for cars that had already found their ways into the country.

The Customs Service initially defied a Senate demand the policy be put on hold, resulting in a standoff between both sides.

But a statement released Wednesday by Customs spokesperson, Joseph Attach, said the plan has been “put on hold” after a meeting between Customs and the leadership of the National Assembly.

Read the statement below:


Following the unnecessary tension generated as a result of misconception and misrepresentation of the Nigeria Customs Service planned motor duty payment, the leadership of the National Assembly and the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) met with a view to resolving the impasse. They both agreed that the proposed motor duty payment, though in line with the provision of Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap C.45, LFN 2004 should be put on hold while the Senate Committee on Customs & Excise interfaces with the NCS for further discussions.

2. While payment of duty on vehicles or indeed any dutiable imported item remains a civic responsibility of every patriotic Nigerian, NCS Management has directed that the exercise be put on hold while expressing readiness to engage the Senate Committee on further discussions to bring them on board to understand the importance of the exercise to national security and economy.

Joseph Attah
Ag. Public Relations Officer
For: Comptroller-General of Customs


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  • onos

    This man should smell that dead rat b4 he ge fired! Nigeria nawa

  • Nonsense!!!!!

  • FreeNigeria

    Goooooaaaaaal, Senate 2 – Ali 1. Senate is waxing stronger in the extra time, the old retired soldier Ali is breathing hard, looking for oxygen, I don’t think the old man will last the extra time.

  • Alhajivinco

    The measure is certainly unconstitutional because it restricts the free movement of citizens and subjects them to indignity that will result from harassment while going about their lawful responsibilities.

  • Man_Enough

    the victory which our law makers have won is that if you succeed in evading tax for upward of 5 years, you can no longer be brought to book if eventually discovered. i am not excited about the development because it smacks of impunity. what should have been done is to prevail on the officers not to subject innocent citizens to undue harassment in pursuit of the enforcement.


    First Magu and Now Hameed the”Hammer” Ali, it seems the battle lines are drawn BTW the crusaders of justice and our modern day villains. Let’s see what happens

  • benjamin

    Senators should leave the Customs boss alone. Looking at his picture above, it is clear that this man wears customs uniform, but just different style of sewing. Take a closer look at him and other customs officers in the picture they took together. Are they not all on ash colored uniforms?