How Nigeria incurred NGN3 billion congestion charge in the UK

Nigeria High Commission in the United Kingdom owes congestion charge to a tune of NGN3.3 billion authorities have confirmed.

The most populated African nation is listed among the top five countries owing the UK as United States ranks first to a tune of almost £12.5m, while the Embassy of Japan owes over £8.5m.

Indian High Commissioner office owes around £6,009,905 while the Russian Federation Embassy is incurred around £5,721,865.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the government is in talks to “press for payment”

In the United Kingdom, congestion fees are for most vehicles travelling in central London, which goes towards investment into public transport and this dates back to between 2003 and 2018, with a total of £116,868,825 outstanding from embassies, BBC reports.

The parking fines date from 2018 and total £200,686.

Recalled that President Buhari of Nigeria has been a regular caller to the United Kingdom in recent years where he attends to both health, private and foreign business summits.

In 2017, the President’s spokesperson, Mr Garba Shehu had confirmed that the aircraft at the service of Buhari costs the country about £1000 per day in airport charges (Punch report).

According to Garba, the aircraft was placed on standby should there be a need for immediate return to the country.

While the United States Embassy spokesman have responded claiming that the congestion charge was a tax which diplomats do not have to pay, other nations including Nigeria High Commission were yet to voice out on the maters.