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Thursday 11 January 2018



By Ekwenye Samuel

For Family Writers Press


Over 1trilion naira generated! Oh my God! Since the history of Nigeria, the Nigerian Customs Service has never generated a yearly revenue of over 1trilion naira but they have done that already in 2017.

Now, recall that in 2015 and 2016 respectively, there was a massive outburst of the poor masses over the criminal extortion of money via mounting of checkpoints and illegal confiscation of goods belonging to legitimate business men and women ( Biafrans ) by the Nigerian customs service. Even when the invoices, receipts and every other required documents used in purchasing the goods were presented to the Nigerian customs service, they still denied the owners access to their goods.

At the beginning of 2017, the Nigerian customs service announced an official target of 770 billion naira as the amount they tend to generate at the end of the year but however, over 1 trillion naira was finally generated according to the Nigerian Customs Service public relations officer, Joseph Attah on thursday 21st December 2017.

Criminals are usually recruited into the Nigerian Customs Service and that is the reason why they keep cowing and stealing from innocent civilians. Many people might not believe this but what happened to Mr Chukwuma of Innoson Motors Nnewi, Anambra State is a clear case in point.

The Nigerian customs service confiscated his imported vehicular parts worth billions of naira. Even when he presented all the necessary documents for his imported goods and not only that making all the necessary payments involving customs duties, still, the Nigerian customs services went ahead and sold off his consignments.

So, the generation of over 1 trillion naira by the Nigerian customs service in 2017 was not surprising to many of us. This is how things are usually done in Nigeria. A situation where the less powerful people are oppressed with so much impunity. It is over for "one Nigeria". That bond has been broken and to your tents oh Israel!

Sometimes, you see where newly bought vehicles and power generating machines are placed for auctions without proper audio and visual advertisements because they dont want the owners of those goods to be auctioned to know about it. Even if they should become aware of it, they wont  do anything because the customs are doing what exactly the government instructed them to do.

There is no day that crosses in Nigeria we wont hear stories of how one or two sector of the econony generated billions if not trillions of naira yet, the masses are living in squalor and constantly straining for common things that has practical solutions.

Fuel scarcity, irrational inflation of common commodities. Nigeria is diminishing and not longer the so called giant of Africa because a country that cannot solve her problems and that of the citizens but prefer creating more problems and difficulties for the people is not mature enough to be a sovereign nation.

God's anger is on Nigeria and something terrible will happen in Nigeria before the end of 2018.

I will draw the curtain to a close on this week's edition of FWFFA. May Chukwuokike Abiama bless our esteem readers till we meet again next week. Bye!

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