Reps probe failure of customs to auction seized goods

The House of Representatives has ordered the probe of  the Nigerians customs service (NCS) under the leadership of Hameed Ali, comptroller-general of the service.

The lower chamber of the national assembly on Thursday directed its committee on customs and excise to investigate the failure of the agency to auction confiscated goods.

Prestige Ossy (Abia-PDP), had sponsored a motion, stating that ban on the auction of goods seized by the NCS had resulted to the forfeiture of such goods to the federal government.

He said, “it had resulted to the proliferation of seized goods at various formations of the Nigerian customs service”.

He said goods seized in large numbers from different parts of the country included vehicles, consumables, clothing materials and containers of assorted household goods.

He said, “Most of these goods, especially the vehicles with duty paid value (DPV) worth over N6 billion, are rapidly depreciating .

“The customs service will eventually spend huge amount of money in disposing them when it ought to have generated huge revenue for the government by auctioning them before they wither away.”

Ossy said the service had announced the establishment of an auction sale website in 2015, but said two years on, the website had not materialised.

“The failure to auction goods in its custody had denied the federal government over N1 trillion which ought to accrue to it from the auctioning of those goods,’’ he said.

The house passed it to the committee on customs and excise to investigate and report back in eight weeks.

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