Customs denies fraud allegation in e-auction of overtime, seized goods

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The Nigeria Customs Service has denied allegations of fraud regarding e-auction of overtime and seized goods and vehicles.

This is contained in a statement by the Customs National Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Maiwada in Abuja.

He said such allegations were unfounded and should be disregarded.

“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.

“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 or overtime goods,”he said.

He further denied the allegation that over 300 vehicles was auctioned to only one person through the e-auction window after purported underhand payments, was “false, misguided, and spurious.

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“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,”he said.

The Customs Spokesperson further said, “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.”

Maiwada said Customs was committed to transparency, accountability and adherence to the rule of law.

He urged members of the public to join the service in promoting an inclusive system that is fair to all Nigerians irrespective of status.

According to him, customs is a law-abiding government organisation dedicated to maintaining outstanding level of accountability and transparency in all its activities.

The spokesperson said that the service always took accusations of improper behaviour seriously.

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