Last Sunday we carried a story titled â€˜Customs, FAAN frustrate Osazeâ€™s jersey donation to Insurance FC with a rider, Associate forced to pay N.1m based on a story told by the Super Eagles associate, Austin Uabor.
The Nigerian Customs Service have however, reacted to the story denying ever frustrating the jersey donation nor forcing Uabor to pay N120,000 for excess luggage and have stated their own side of the story.
According to the Customsâ€™ Public Relation Officer, Mrs Thelma Williams, the Customs were â€œcarrying out her statutory responsibility in good faithâ€ when â€œon 25th February, 2014, a returning passenger by name Mr. Ebigbo Pascal, C. with Passport No. AOO232183 had four (4) luggages (sic) which were found upon examination to contain Un-branded T-shirt which were dutiable.â€
The Customs said that contrary to Uaborâ€™s claim that it demanded N120,000 from him for the set of jerseys and other items, after inspection of the goods, the passenger (Ebigbo) was â€œissued with a Valuation Assessment Form to enable him pay his import duty and other statutory charges thereof for which a total of N100,060.00 was paid into First Bank, Murtala Mohammed International Airport (branch) by himself (Ebigbo) and the consignment released out of Customs Control.â€
The Customs however, frowned at the publication of the story told by Mr. Uabor â€œwithout recourse to finding out the Area Commandâ€™s side of the storyâ€, a story which it said was capable of portraying the Service â€œnegatively in the eyes of the general public even when carrying out her statutory responsibilities.â€ The misinformation is regretted.