The heads of two key federal agencies who are also close allies of President MUHAMMADU BUHARI have been sparring over allegations and counter allegations of unprofessionalism and illegality.
The disagreement by the two officials appears to confirm insinuations of division among some leading agencies of the BUHARI administration.
The turf war stems from a letter written by the Director-General of the State Security Service, SSS, LAWAL DAURA, to BUHARI on September 8.
In the letter, the security chief accused the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, of introducing twenty five thousand dollars as new Temporary Import Permit, TIP levy on each vessel that berths to discharge petroleum products in Nigeria.
The said levy, as DAURA reported to the President, was illegal as it was not provided for on the PPRA template, not receipted, and could increase the cost of petrol by 56 kobo per litre.
In international trade circle, TIP is a customs’ procedure under which certain goods can be brought into a country without payment of duties or taxes and without import prohibition and restriction.