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Following the earlier owing up by 11 firms before the Senate Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff; and Marine Transport, two weeks ago, that their firms have one or two issues with the allegations of infractions leading to the loss of N30tn, the Committee has directed Dana Group and 12 others, allegedly involved in the revenue scam, to appear before it or face the full wrath of the law today, Monday, August 21, 2017.
Chairman of the Senate Joint Committee, Senator Hope Uzodinma, in a statement weekend in Abuja, said the committee was giving the companies the last opportunity to appear before it.
The companies include A-kehnal Integrated & Logistics Limited, Don Climax/Skyaim, Gagsel International, Africa Tiles & Ceramics and Network Oil & Gas.
Others are IBG Investment Limited, BUA International limited, Huawei Technologies, Indorama Petrochemicals, StarComms Plc, African Industries and African Wire and Allied.
According to the committee chairman, the investigative hearing had so far led to the recovery of more than N120 billion from erring companies and vowed to follow up on others.
Uzodinma disclosed that the committee had resolved to direct the Nigeria Customs Service to start issuing Demand Notice to companies found culpable in the ongoing investigation.
While explaining that the demand notice is to ensure the companies return monies due to the Federal Government, the Senator representing Orlu Senatorial Zone of Imo State vowed that companies found to have been involved in round tripping and money laundering would be charged to court with immediate effect.
According to him, “The committee has only taken the first batch of the companies invited. Only 61 companies have been interrogated and over 2000 companies are still expected to appear before us.
“During the committee sitting on Friday, 18th August most of the companies’ representatives heaped praises on the committee for what they described as a thorough job,” Senator Uzodinma noted.
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