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N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by mmb: 6:20am On Jul 10
Thousands of seized vehicles estimated to cost about N30 billion are currently wasting away at various warehouses of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) nationwide as bidders prospect for opportunity to buy them on the e-auction platform.
The Guardian learnt that the vehicles, including exotic brands and top models, were either abandoned by importers or seized from smugglers across the borders, seaports and other locations.

Among those sighted by The Guardian are Mercedes Benz G wagon and various Mercedes Benz 4matic models, Hummer, Mercedes Benz, Range Rover Evolution, Ford Edge, Toyota Land Cruiser, Highlander, Toyota Hilux, various models of Lexus, Porsche cars and a host of other sport utility vehicles (SUVs) from Ford and Toyota brands. There were also a variety of trucks, salon cars and buses.


The seized vehicles, many of which have reportedly gone through the process of court condemnation and are awaiting auction, are detained at the border stations, seaports commands and at the Federal Operation Units (FOU) in Lagos, Owerri, Benin, Bauchi, Kaduna and Kano.

The Comptroller-General of the NCS, Hameed Ali, had introduced an e-auction platform (app.trade.gov.ng/e-auction) on July 3rd, 2017, which recorded little progress due to some glitches being experienced with the digital technology.

The last phase of the auction had only 806 vehicles uploaded on the platform, and bought by 753 bidders. It generated about N346.1 million. Another phase began late May this year, but The Guardian learnt that it did not last one month before it was shut. At present, the e-auction process has stalled, due to the banks’ e-wallet challenges.

Customs Public Relations Officer, Deputy Comptroller Joseph Attah, confirmed to The Guardian that the banks’ e-wallet challenges posed difficulties for bidders in making payment.

“The e-auction is active and still on. Just that bidders at a point were experiencing difficulties in making payments through the e-wallet. The CGC had a meeting with the managing directors of the affected banks who promised to sort out the challenges at their own end. Uploading will continue immediately the banks are ready,” he said.

Attah had earlier told The Guardian that some of the vehicles in their custody were due for auction, while others were still undergoing court processes.


“It’s not everything that you see there that must be auctioned. There are several conditions that are keeping some of them. There are those whose cases are still in court, and we have no right to auction them. We don’t have control over the court, and we don’t know how long the cases will take,” he stated.

When contacted, some banks, which were reluctant to comment on the issue, said the customs should sort out its problems and stop apportioning blame. The Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc (NIBSS) said the NCS should mention the specific problem for it to know how to intervene.


In its reports, the NCS said some of the vehicles were intercepted during attempts to smuggle them into Nigeria. Others were seized for being used to convey smuggled items.

The spokesman for Seaport Terminal Operators of Nigeria (STOAN), Bolaji Akinola, said over 5,000 vehicles were rotting away at the ports alone, taking over the space that could have been used for incoming goods.

“The advantage of auction is two-fold: it will make valuable space available in the port for other cargoes. The law provides that any cargo in the port, after 45 days, has become overtime cargo, and it automatically becomes government property, and in a move to free the space, government auctions them. Apart from freeing the space and reducing ports congestion, it will also help raise the much-needed government revenue.

“What is the economic sense in leaving vehicles at a particular space to rot away for years? So, we appeal to customs that whatever modality they want to use, (e-auction or manual auction), they should auction them,” Akinola stated.

The NCS has disowned the “fake officers”, saying it does not auction vehicles, rice, vegetable oil, and other items via social media or third party.

“NCS never advertised auctions on Facebook or Twitter; it has never offered jobs on social media and cannot transact any business using the personal bank account of any official. Fraudsters feast on your gullibility, greed, or desperation. You have been warned,” it stated.

https://m.guardian.ng/news/n30b-seized-vehicles-waste-away-in-customs-custody/

Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by Miracle4Sure: 6:42am On Jul 10
Niger which way nah shocked shocked

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Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by Nbote(m): 6:47am On Jul 10
Thieves... Something their top bosses have sold to demselves... Sell to d public no... Even wen dey do advertise their so called auction dey buy it demselves using proxies...

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Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by izzou(m): 6:54am On Jul 10
grin
Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by FarahAideed: 10:54am On Jul 10
This is how we keep wasting our resources in this country

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Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by Naija4love(m): 10:54am On Jul 10
Wish 30 billion omo na lie.. The motor way them dey sell illegally

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Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by sosodevf(m): 10:54am On Jul 10
Its no waste, all I see is a museum with different collection of cars...
Namasi-obiri

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Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by nrexzy(m): 10:54am On Jul 10
Make I bid...
I fit buy G wagon 250k use am do taxi

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Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by uzeba(m): 10:54am On Jul 10
Nawa Ooooh...
Naija no even know road again..
Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by amalab30(m): 10:54am On Jul 10
Buh which way naija? When are we gonna start automating our Customs process? This is cruel. People buy these stuff and you impound them and keep them.

We need reorientation in naija

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Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by Dgr8hassiE(m): 10:54am On Jul 10
Wasted just like that. Aunction them na.
Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by QTEST007(m): 10:55am On Jul 10
Custom auctions wey boys dey take collect money for Facebook.
Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by tsinzu: 10:55am On Jul 10
That's what you get when you have myopic idiots in places of authority

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Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by Rebuke: 10:56am On Jul 10
Smh
Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by makdcash(m): 10:56am On Jul 10
Everybody na scam 4 9ja
Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by handsomeyinka(m): 10:56am On Jul 10
It's high time we create our own WWW.COPARTNG.COM.

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Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by mytime24(f): 10:57am On Jul 10
Hmm
Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by rozayx5(m): 10:57am On Jul 10
their bosses give them out to girlfriends



undecided
Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by Mentorkaryhm(m): 10:57am On Jul 10
That's our culture, with lack of maintenance included. If we didn't waste it, we steal it.

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Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by doctorkush(m): 10:58am On Jul 10
make dem Jus's gimme 5 pere

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Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by Steady259(m): 10:58am On Jul 10
Naija my country.
The most luxurious of those cars are already gracing the garages of dem "oga at the top"
Naija which way

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Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by flourishing247: 10:58am On Jul 10
Wickedness. Give them chance to collect their vehicles. Just ensure they pay the right duty that's all

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Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by gsegun43: 10:58am On Jul 10
We are too wasteful in this country
Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by AwkaetitiBabe(f): 10:59am On Jul 10
Auction them out. I wouldn't mind buying that red one for 100k

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Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by green030: 10:59am On Jul 10
can't they auction it out openly?

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Re: N30b Seized Vehicles Waste Away In Customs Custody by ednut1(m): 11:00am On Jul 10
serves foolish people right trying to cut corners. saboteurs

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