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Customs unit announces e-auction of seized cars, others



Customs unit announces e-auction of seized cars, others

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has commenced electronic (online) auction of contrabands, including exotic cars of different brands seized from smugglers in the Federal Operations Unit Zone C, Owerri.

This is also as the command impounded smuggled bags of rice hidden in plastic water tanks and silos.

Controller of Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone C, Owerri, Comptroller Kayode Olusemire, who spoke recently while conducting newsmen round the latest seizures by his unit in Owerri and Benin City, said that the auction of vehicles and goods will take place every Monday and Wednesday for a period of one month.

According to him, interested members of the public can log into the internet using the web address and select any of the items listed on the purchase list.

The controller said that among items to be auctioned electronically were Rolls Royce cars, Mercedes Benz and Toyota cars and other vehicles of different makes and other seized goods.
He said that the recourse to online sales of impounded goods is to make the process as transparent as possible.

Some of the latest seizures, according to Olusemire, were eight exotic cars with duty paid value (DPV) of N161 million, over 1,000,572 bags of rice with DPV of N31 million and spices with foreign names.

Some of the smuggled rice, he said were neatly concealed in two silos belonging to a major Nigerian company and plastic tanks.
Olusemire decried the ingenuity of smugglers adding that Customs will always be ahead of them.

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