Vehicles Worth N6bn Rot In Custom’s Warehouses

By Ikenga Chronicles March 1, 2017
Report says vehicles worth N6 billion seized by the Nigerian Custom Service (NCS) with Duty Paid Value (DPV) are beginning to rot away in various Customs warehouses and premises across the country.
This is as a result of  the suspension of auction by its management since August 2015 with the vehicles depreciating in value by the day.
The vehicles which include cars, buses, trucks and tankers were impounded along some inter-state highways when their owners could not produce proofs of Customs duty payment.
Recall that Hameed Ali, a retired army colonel and Comptroller General of Customs suspended auction of seized goods upon taking charge of the NCS in August 2015.
Spokesman for NCS, Joseph Attah, said in a telephone interview that the auctions were suspended by Ali to fine-tune it for transparency.
“The CG suspended it to give room for transparency so that the new system will be without bias or favouritism. The new system is planned in such a way that people will be able to apply in the auction and the highest bidder gets it. The delay in the auction is temporary and will be addressed soon,’’ he said.
The seized vehicles, many of which have gone through a process of court condemnation and awaiting auction, are at the border stations and various arms of the Federal Operation Units in Lagos, Owerri, Benin, Bauchi, Kaduna and Kano.
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