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The Nigeria customs
Service had appealed the federal high court ruling against its verdict on its
legality on Duty of Passenger’s Baggage that says it lacked the powers to
collect revenue on.

Justice John Tsoho of
federal High Court in Abuja had on May 13, while ruling on a suit numbered
HC/ABJ/1113/2019 declare that it was unlawful for the NCS to collect import
duty on pieces of baggage meant for personal use.


A
Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Kehinde Ogunwumiju, had instituted the suit after
Customs officers demanded and collected import duty and other related charges
from him in respect of items in his personal baggage at the Nnamdi Azikwe
International Airport Abuja on June 24, 2019.

The
Abuja FHC ruled that the NCS was not expected to charge import duty on goods
contained in a passenger’s baggage, provided that the said goods were not
intended for sale, barter or exchange, and that they were personal and
household effects.

A statement by the Public Relations Officer at the NCS, Joseph Attah, on
Wednesday,  said custom   had filed an application asking that the
judgment be set aside.

“In
response to the judgment of import duty on goods personal effects contained in
a passenger’s baggage, Nigeria Customs Service today filed for setting aside of
the judgment delivered on 13th May 2020 by the Federal High Court,” the
statement said.

It said
the NCS was asking that the judgment be set aside on the grounds that the there
was no fair hearing in the matter.

The Customs urged the
general public to await the outcome of the case and assured the people of its
readiness to comply with the outcome of the judicial process.

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