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Customs Debunks Allegation of Wrongdoing in E-auction of Overtime, Seized Goods

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has rebutted the claims making the rounds about its involvement in an e-auction of overtime and seized goods.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by Customs Spokesperson, Abdullahi Maiwada on Saturday.

“The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) 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,” the statement read in part.

Similarly, NCS denied involvement in fraudulent activities or underhand dealings as regards 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.”

Nigeria Customs added: “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.”

It further disclosed that from the data generated upon completing five successful bidding windows, 13,605 applicants registered in the five windows e-auction portal; 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.”

The Service reiterated its commitment to remain transparent, accountable and always adhere to the rule of law in all activities.

It also urged 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.

 

Hope Ejairu

Hope Ejairu is a writer, sports analyst and journalist, with publications on print and digital media. He holds certifications in various media/journalism trainings, including AFP.

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