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E-Auction: Bidders Win 462 Vehicles As Customs Makes N556m From Sales

... Says Allegation of Underhand Dealings Is False


A total of 462 vehicles have been won by bidders in the ongoing electronic auction by Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and N556,738,736 have been paid into government coffers by the winners.

This was disclosed in a press statement issued by National Public Relations Officer of the service, Abdullahi Maiwada while reacting to allegations of underhand dealings against the service in the auction sales.

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Maiwada, a Chief Superintendent of Customs, said from the data generated upon completing five successful bidding windows, 13,605 applicants registered on the e-auction portal, where 476 vehicles were uploaded, and 462 won.

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He described the allegation of giving over 300 vehicles to one individual as spurious and untrue as N400,000 is the reserved price for vehicles displayed for bidding on the portal


Maiwada said “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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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” 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” the statement said



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