Customs Auctions 462 Vehicles, Generates N556.7million, Debunks Allegations of Corruption in Auction Process

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By DAPO OLAWUNI

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has revealed the data generated upon completion of five successful bidding windows on its revived electronic auction portal, saying that 13,605 applicants registered in the five windows, 476 vehicles were uploaded, and 462 were won.

The service has also revealed that the government realized N556,738,736 as revenue from the process.

The service in the same vein, denied allegations of corruption levelled against her by the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) which had alleged that the auction process was being carried out to favour certain individuals.

NAGAFF specifically alleged that over 300 vehicles have been auctioned to just one individual via the e-auction window after underhand payments were made.

In a swift response through a press statement on Friday, National Public Relations Officer of Customs, Abdullahi Maiwada said the service is in receipt of a report titled “The Monumental Stealing By The Customs Auction Committee And Their Plans To Dispose-Off Overtime Containers” with great concern.

“It is disheartening to note the serious allegations regarding the integrity of the ongoing e-auction process designed to provide a level playing ground for all Nigerians.

“The NCS is a law-abiding government organization dedicated to maintaining the most outstanding levels of accountability and transparency in all its activities and taking any accusations of improper behaviour seriously.

“We wish to categorically deny involvement in fraudulent activities or underhand dealings in the e-auctioning of vehicles or other goods. The NCS Auction Committee operates within the confines of the law and adheres strictly to established guidelines and procedures for disposing of seized/overtime goods.

“Regarding the allegation that over 300 vehicles have been auctioned to just one individual via the e-auction window after purported underhand payments, we wish to state that this is entirely false, misguided, and spurious.

“Furthermore, suggesting that a token sum of N10,000 is collected as duties to the Federal Government on the e-auction window, which has a reserved price of N400, 000 is indeed misleading and misrepresentation of fact.

“From the data generated upon completing five successful bidding windows, 13,605 applicants registered in five windows on our e-auction portal, where 476 vehicles were uploaded, and 462 won. Also, the government realized N556,738,736 as revenue. It begs the question of where the allegations are coming from.

“We wish to reaffirm our commitment to transparency, accountability, and adherence to the rule of law in all our activities. We urge members of the public to join the service with the common goal of promoting an inclusive system that is fair to all Nigerians, irrespective of their status” Maiwada stated

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