The Federal Ministry of Finance has said that it did not grant a waiver to Coscharis Motors Nigeria Limited for the purchase of the controversial armoured cars allegedly imported by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA.
This declaration is contrary to the claims by the Nigerian Customs Service that there was a waiver on the armoured cars imported by the NCAA.
In a statement, the ministry said it had approved a waiver of destination inspection charges and duty exemptions for Coscharis Motors Nigeria Ltd, the official automobile partner for the National Sports Festival, “Eko 2012”, to purchase 300 vehicles on behalf of Lagos State for the event.
It categorically stated that the waiver granted the Lagos State Government for the event, did not include the purchase of armoured vehicles for the aviation minster.
Deputy Comptroller-General of the Customs Service, Manasseh Jatau in his presentation to the House of Reps Committee on Aviation, had earlier stated that no duty was paid on the vehicles, as a duty waiver was obtained for the importation.
He claimed the 1 year waiver was from the Ministry of Finance for the 2012 Eko Games, which had Lagos State Government as beneficiary.