The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has accused Clarion Shipping terminal limited over the illegal withholding of its 14 vehicles and other criminal conspiracies.
This was contained in a letter addressed to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and signed by the National Chairman 100% Compliance team, NAGAFF, Alhaji Tanko Ibrahim.
Among other allegations that the association investigated and discovered that the alleged terminal mysteriously released some 19 containers with paying demand notice (DN) while bypassing due process.
The lead read in part, “Petition against Clarion Shipping terminal ltd, Satellite Town, Alakija, Lagos for Illegal Withholding of our Fourteen (14) Vehicles and Criminal Conspiracy
“We write on behalf of our members whose vehicles were trapped at Clarion Shipping Terminal ltd since July 2021 for no fault of theirs and after duty and other changes have been duly paid.
“Upon our investigation into the matter, it was revealed that some nineteen (19) containers were allowed to go without paying demand notice (DN) issued to them as well as not following due process. The containers diversion plot was hatched by the clarion shipping terminal and the consignee, without the knowledge of the agency.
“The unpaid assessments were over N8.5 million. Listed hereunder are the “C” numbers of the demand notices.
“It baffles our association on how terminal operators can connive with a consignee to defraud the government of such a huge amount of money.
“Our associations have discovered that no terminal delivery orders were issued on the said containers by the agency. The diversion was an arrangement between clarion and the consignee and that shady business has been going on for a long time.
“It is obvious from this standpoint that Clarion Shipping Terminal constitutes an economic risk to the Federal Government.
“We, therefore, want to appeal to the CGC to prevail on the management of Clarion Shipping terminal ltd to release all our 14 Vehicles as well as cause a full-scale investigation to unravel the mystery about the 19 containers saga.
“We are counting on the speedy, committed to duty and exceptional attitude of the CG.”