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Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Pastor Reno Omokri says Customs lied abouts its N1trn revenue generation claim

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Pastor Reno Omokri says Customs lied abouts its N1trn revenue generation claim

The former aide to Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Pastor Reno Omokri, has described as a big lie, the statement by the Nigerian Customs which said the service generated ₦1 trillion in 2017 as against N770 billion target earlier set.

However, refuting the claims of Nigerian Customs, Pastor Omokri said when the naira is factored in respect to its devaluation, then, that the claimed generated amount as declared by Customs is not even up to half of what was generated in 2014 under the former President, Jonathan.

Nigerian Customs had earlier yesterday issued a statement through its Service’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Joseph Attah, in Abuja, announcing that the service recorded the highest revenue ever despite the ban on some items.

According to the statement, “NCS has recorded the highest revenue collection ever of N1,012,259,006,779.74 with five more working days to the end of 2017.

“This spectacular performance in revenue collection shows N241,685,276,289.74 over the N770,573,730,490 target for the year and well above the N898,673,857,431.07 collected in 2016.

“(This is) Despite the economic recession experienced earlier in the year, with low volume of imports and restriction placed on 41 items from accessing Forex.

“The Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), retired Col. Hameed Ali, undertook some strategic measures in terms of restructuring and repositioning the service for efficient service delivery which resulted in this historic revenue figure from the service this year,” Attah said.

He said that for the CGC to achieve this feat, took some measures like strategic redeployment of officers, restraining of the operatives of Customs Intelligence Unit were done, among others.

According to Omokri, “This is a huge lie. When you factor in the devaluation of the Naira, this amount is not even up to half of what was generated in 2014 under Jonathan. @NTANewsNow, stop lying. ₦978 billion in 2014 was equivalent to $6.5 billion. ₦1 trillion in 2017 is equivalent to $2.7 billion!”

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