Customs agents operating at the various ports and border stations in the country have said that it will no longer be business as usual with officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and other security agencies.
The agents said they were tired of bribing customs officers and other operatives at the ports.
Already, they have asked the Presidency to intervene on the issue.
The Acting President of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Chief Increase Uche, said that his members could not continue to live with corruption at the ports. Uche said that the situation had come to a crisis point where everything has to stop.
He accused the agencies of the government of encouraging corruption at the ports. In a letter to the President, he said that importers through their agents had to settle officials of the relevant agencies to have their consignments released.
He said: “To get a low Debit Note (DN), importer has to bribe customs officers incharge of valuation units, among others without which the additional duty he is expected to pay will be too high.
“Most worrisome is that the agents of government whose duty it is to protect government interests are seemingly in the forefront of encouraging corruption in our sector of the economy.”