The Ogun 1 Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service says it has no power to auction seized vehicles in their custody.
The command says seized vehicles in their custody are accounted for and can only be auctioned at the federal level.
The Ogun State Customs controller Bamidele Makinde, while presenting the 2022 annual report to newsmen at the Idiroko office, says monthly reports are given to auditors sent from the federal government and Nigeria Customs Service, yearly.
RockcityFM who visited the Idi-Iroko office observed that most of this abandoned vehicles are damaged and rotten.
The controller warn those interested in transacting business with Nigeria Customs Service to be careful of online fraudster as he assures that customs will make publications if they are ready to auction any vehicle.
Bamidele during the briefing disclosed that the command impounded smuggled goods worth over N5 billion in the year 2022.
He added that the command generated N97.8 million from the auction sales of petroleum products and baggage assessment of some items brought in from neighboring countries.
According to him, the command generated revenue of N97.8 million from 957 seizures in the year under review which is 300 per cent increase to revenue generated in year 2021.
During the period, the command seized 957 vehicles including 45,773 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each, which is equivalent to 76 trailer loads, and 130 units of vehicles.
The command according to Bamidele also seized 451,100 litres of petrol, which is equivalent to 14 tanker loads; one tanker load of adulterated diesel; 43 Sacks, 351 small bags and 1,083 wraps of Cannabis Sativa; 2,250 packets of Tramadol; 30 units of motorcycles used for the conveyance of prohibited items and of second-hand clothing.
Other items seized are three bales and 384 pieces of foreign used bags; 2,953 pieces of foreign used tyres; 31 pieces of used refrigerator compressors; 4,700 bags of Dangote Cement used for concealment of foreign rice; 1,523 cartons of frozen poultry products; 89 bales and 485 pieces of foreign textiles and others.
He listed the total Duty Payable Value of the above seizures as N5,088,982,569.92, while that of the year 2021 was N1,378,276,656.00 a differential of N3,710,705,913.92 which is about 269 per cent higher.
The controller added that during the last quarter of 2022, the command lost one of its officers to a ghastly motor accident.
He said the officer on duty at Ebute axis of Yewa North LGA in Ogun State was seated with other officers at their patrol base when a Toyota Avalon Saloon car driven by one Mr Idris ran into the officers, knocking down two of them in the process.
The driver is currently being prosecuted.