The Senate on Thursday, gave the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Usman, four days to explain t

The Senate on Thursday, gave the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Usman, four days to explain the whereabouts of over 282 vessels allegedly missing from the seaports.⁣
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Sen. Hope Uzodinma, Chairman, Senate’s Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport, gave the ultimatum in Abuja, at an investigative hearing on N30 trillion lost through leakages in Customs and other agencies.⁣
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Uzodinma, who expressed displeasure with the managing director for not honouring the committee’s two previous invitations, said the information on the vessels was imperative and must be available within four days.⁣
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He threatened that the senate may be compelled to pursue a financial crime case against Usman should he fail to heed the committee’s directive.⁣
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“We are looking for these vessels. We have the date of arrival, the ports of discharge, and manifest.⁣
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“Everything is with us but in the information available to us, no money was collected by Customs, the NPA, or any other person.⁣
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“So you have four days to do your written explanation otherwise, we will consider it a financial crime,’’ he said.⁣
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According to Uzodinma, there are also recent missing vessels that we have discovered.⁣
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The Senate on Thursday, gave the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Usman, four days to explain the whereabouts of over 282 vessels allegedly missing from the seaports.⁣

Sen. Hope Uzodinma, Chairman, Senate’s Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport, gave the ultimatum in Abuja, at an investigative hearing on N30 trillion lost through leakages in Customs and other agencies.⁣

Uzodinma, who expressed displeasure with the managing director for not honouring the committee’s two previous invitations, said the information on the vessels was imperative and must be available within four days.⁣

He threatened that the senate may be compelled to pursue a financial crime case against Usman should he fail to heed the committee’s directive.⁣

“We are looking for these vessels. We have the date of arrival, the ports of discharge, and manifest.⁣

“Everything is with us but in the information available to us, no money was collected by Customs, the NPA, or any other person.⁣

“So you have four days to do your written explanation otherwise, we will consider it a financial crime,’’ he said.⁣

According to Uzodinma, there are also recent missing vessels that we have discovered.⁣

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