Customs refutes e-auction fraud allegation, says window has yielded over N556 Million so far.

Customs refutes e-auction fraud allegation, says window has yielded over N556 Million so far.


Segun Oladipupo


Happy Diamond Age

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has refused the allegation of Monumental Stealing By The Customs Auction Committee And Their Plans To Dispose-Off Overtime Containers.

In a rebuttal by the National Public Relations Officer, CSC Abdullahi Maiwada, the Service said it received the report with great concerns.

Maiwada stated that “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.”

He 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.

“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.

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He expressed displeasure over allegations against a process that designed to provide a level playing ground for all Nigerians.

According to him, 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, ” he submitted.

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