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Customs generates N272m from e-auction of seized vehicles

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) yesterday said it has generated N272,115,366 from the auction of 646 vehicles under its electronic auction scheme.

Joseph Attah, spokesman of the Service, disclosed this in Lagos when he briefed newsmen on the activities of the service in 2017.

Attah, a Deputy Comptroller of Customs (DC), said the e-auction regime eliminates the manual process of auctioning seizures in the past which was lacking in transparency and did not yield maximum revenue for government.

‘’The introduction of the e-auction process was based on the need to eliminate abuses associated with manual process of the past. This is to ensure maximum revenue from the process, while still providing equal opportunity to all interested Nigerians to log on to the e- auction portal and bid for any item they wish.

‘’The portal is opened to all interested persons to bid between 12 noon Monday to 12 noon Wednesday of every week. So far, 646 number of vehicles have been won with N272,115,366 generated as revenue for the Federal Government’’ he said.

He further disclosed that customs will continue to be careful in the handling of goods at its warehouses so as not to be dragged into unnecessary litigation by claimants as a result of illegal disposal.

Attah said the service is meticulous with seizures management as they are properly documented and kept in government warehouse or constructively warehoused, in the case of inflammable items, following which thorough investigations and compilations of case files are done.

He added that while perishable items such as frozen poultry products and other dangerous items are immediately destroyed, others have to wait for judicial process of court condemnation before they can be disposed-off in line with the law.

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