A Federal High Court in Abuja has restrained the Federal Government from enforcing or giving effect to the controversial Customs Modernisation Project, otherwise known as e-Custom, allegedly executed on May 30, 2022.
The restraining order issued by Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Abuja division of the court shall last till the hearing and the determination of a suit brought against the Federal Government by two aggrieved companies, E-Customs HC Project Limited and Bionica Technologies (West Africa) Limited, which jointly challenged the alleged unlawful and fraudulent concession.
The agents, who allegedly executed the disputed concession project are the Nigeria Customs Service, Trade Modernisation Project limited, Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited and African Finance Corporation.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, while ruling on the ex-parte application granted the prayers of the plaintiffs having placed sufficient evidence of interest in the concession project.
In their defence, the plaintiffs had in their statement of claims narrated how they proposed to carry out the Custom Modernisation Project through several government officials for the benefit of the Nigerian Customs Service.
They claimed that after a series of meetings and negotiations with some of the defendants, President Muhammudu Buhari granted anticipatory approval for the e-custom Project
Justice Ekwo subsequently fixed June 28 for a hearing in the matter.