A bunch of car sellers in Lagos State has threatened to tug the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), to courtroom over alleged illegal sealing of their enterprise premises.
In a letter to the Comptroller General of NCS, by means of the legislation agency of Ubani & Co, the group condemned the September 30, 2019 raid and alleged sealing of their places of work by customs officers, saying that the motion of the company was an indication of gross irresponsibility, unprecedented impunity and abuse of energy.
They maintained that every one the automobiles of their enterprise premises had been duly cleared and applicable duties paid to the Federal Government.
The copy of the letter, which was additionally forwarded to the Senate President, Speaker of House of Representatives and Attorney General of the Federation, warned that if their enterprise premises weren’t opened within the subsequent 14 days with a compensation of N10billion for enterprise losses throughout the interval of closure, they’d strategy the courtroom for redress.
Part of the letter, which additionally serves as a pre-action discover, reads: “We should state right here with all sense of accountability and patriotism that the motion of Nigeria customized officers on this regard is an indication of gross irresponsibility, unprecedented impunity and abuse of energy.
“Though the Nigerian Customs & Excise Management Act provides you the ability to look at, mark, seal and take account of any items … on this case, you didn’t study, mark, seal and take account of the actual autos recognized as not being correctly cleared, however relatively sealed up your complete premises with none type of examination or inspection of papers.
“This very act of yours has no safety beneath the Act, however smacks of impunity, illegality and flagrant abuse of government energy. No legislation beneath our legislation books, together with the Customs & Excise Management Act, empowers you to take the steps you could have taken within the method you could have taken it.
“The motion of the Nigerian Customs just isn’t solely lawless however very oppressive. The second when Nigerian Government businesses elevate the pursuit of income above the correct and welfare of the residents, Nigeria is doomed, however God forbid that issues degenerate to that degree.
“Take notice therefore that you have 14 days from the day you receive this letter to unseal all our Client’s members’ business premises to enable them to carry out their lawful businesses as Nigerian citizens.”
The complainants attorneys subsequently warned that after a interval of 30 days from the date NCS receives the letter to pay a compensation of N10 billion for the extreme hardship, struggling, embarrassment, lack of enterprise, bodily, psychological and psychological torture and trauma its lawless and thoughtless motion has precipitated her shoppers and their households, they’d be left with no different possibility than to hunt redress by means of a reliable courtroom of legislation.
When contacted, the NCS spokesman, Joseph Attah may neither affirm or deny receipt of the letter.