Speaking with journalists in Abuja, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport, Senator Hope Uzodinma (PDP, Imo West), said those to be handed over to the EFCC were found to have manipulated the foreign exchange procedure and also involved in money laundering, round tripping and abuse of foreign exchange manual.
Uzodinma, who noted that the committee would pass all established evidences against the companies to the commission for immediate prosecution, said companies with established cases of infractions would be referred to the Nigeria Customs Service for blacklisting. He said: “We have also established another department of the investigation, which is abuse of fiscal policies from Federal Ministry of Finance. Most of these companies that have applied and got approval as manufacturers of different products, assemblers of various products but import finished goods in the name of CKD, will be charged for economic crime.
“We are going to follow up the prosecution with all evidence available to us. As we are about concluding our investigation on the 60 selected companies being currently investigated, it is very clear that so much collectable revenues are still hanging, monies government would have used to ease governance and provide necessary infrastructure and amenities to the citizenry.
On the funds recovered so far, Uzodinma noted that a significant amount of money had been returned by some of the companies. “Many of those companies have paid partially. I know that with the evidences we have against them, we are confident that these companies are now aware that we caught them. We cannot let go of what belongs to government,” he said.