The Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has said that its former National Publicity Secretary, Mr Joe Sanni has seized to speak for the association in any capacity as he is still under suspension but has kept disgracing the association rather than helping to build its image.
The association has also recommended Mr. Sanni for psychiatric evaluation going by his alleged attack on the maritime press and his alleged attempts at running down several other organizations.
While addressing members of the press in Lagos yesterday, National Vice President of ANLCA, Dr. Kayode Farinto debunked insinuations that he had made a release, accusing Nigeria Customs Service and ANLCA members of smuggling vehicles at Tin Can Island Port and PTML Terminal.
He described members of the association at both chapters as law abiding and always ready to corporate with the Customs Service under the leadership of Col Hameed Ali.
Farinto also said the association has called severally on the Customs to implement a uniformed value on imported vehicles, so as to put an end to corruption and ensure a harmonious tariff on vehicles cleared at any port in Nigeria.
Farinto said this would fuether reduce smuggling of vehicles.
Speaking, he said “I need to put the record straight that Joe Sanni is not representing ANLCA in any capacity”
“He is still under suspension, we have told the press this several times. If you need any clarification or any story from ANLCA, you can speak with the President or you speak with me. The President has SSA Media, so, he is not representing ANLCA in any form”
“The Motto of ANLCA is to protect our members not to put them in trouble. I am also a clearing agent, I am not a farmer, I clear vehicles on weekly basis in both PTML and Tincan, I am aware that legitimate vehicles come out of Tincan. To now say that they smuggle vehicles, I wonder where he got his story from”
“The problem with Joe Sanni is that we have a problem where we cannot even be sure of his psychiatric status, so he is incoherent, a normal human being will not release press statements at 1am or 2am, it shows that that person is suffering from insomnia, when he cannot sleep, he begins to write rubbish. I want to put that record straight, so whatever he has said, he is entitled to his opinion”
“ANLCA believes in the leadership of customs in Tincan and PTML, we believe in our members and they are doing legitimate work, however, I have written a proposal before to the CG that there is need for us to have uniform value on vehicles and I am an apostle of that. I keep saying it at every fora.
“I met the Customs Controller, one of the ACGs and I told him that the CG has directed that a committee should be set up to have a uniform value on vehicles but I don’t know why tariff and trade department is still sitting on it and they have not called us for a meeting to have a critical look at the paper that they have so that it will go a long way in reducing corruption, it will go a long way in making us have a harmonious value so that whatever you clear a vehicle in Tincan, you clear in Apapa even in the land borders. I am an apostle of that and the CGC has approved that”
“There is no agent that knows his onion that will be involved in smuggling; the agents in Tincan Island and PTML are responsible agents”
“When the CGC came onboard, we had a meeting with him where Shittu was towards the tail end of his administration, surprisingly, Joe Sanni recorded our meeting because we had an agreement then that the meeting was going to be no holds bar so that we should be able to tell ourselves the truth but whatever we discussed there should be in-house because customs and agents have symbiotic relationship but surprisingly, Joe Sanni went to the street and started selling the proceedings of the meeting on videos and that was what started our problem with this present customs administration and that is why it has been difficult for us to see the CGC because he no longer trust us based on what Joe Sanni did that time”
“A mature man, a godly man will not run down his fellow man. When I read all he said, I just laughed. It is also true that I put up a write up in one of the Dailies recommending the MD of NPA as Minister of Transportation, it is true, it is in public domain, May 29, 2019 Nation’s publication and I am not denying that fact that I recommended that the ES should be elevated based on their records. Look at what we are having in the maritime now, nothing is moving, everything is stagnant”
“So, the issue of Joe Sanni, I wouldn’t want the public to be disturbed about that but I think he needs psychiatric examination for us to be able to know his status and if he has health challenges, he should say it out so that people can help him, not running down people, not running down organizations” he said