The Nigerian Customs Service has convened Alhaji Musa Kurra, National President of the Nigerian Association of Auctioneers, to a panel to discuss a publication fist Regarding the alleged illegal sale of vehicles as scrap services.

In an invitation issued to Kurra on October 24, 2022, the NCS ordered him to appear before the panel on November 8 (today) and provide documents supporting his allegations against the agency.

fist Sales of hundreds of cars seized by customs from smugglers were reported.

These different makes and models of vehicles are sold as scrap at below-market prices through what the NCS calls a direct auction allocation.

Documents obtained by our correspondent indicate that the Abuja Customs Headquarters Direct Disposal of Scrap Cars and Other Items Committee sold 338 vehicles for N3.38 million.

Several companies were allocated hundreds of vehicles through a letter signed by AD Sanusi, Chairman of the Direct Scrap Committee, Auditor General.

Kula, who described the practice as illegal, confirmed that members of the Nigerian Association of Auctioneers benefited from the scheme.

Annoyed by the report, Customs in an invitation letter signed by the Comptroller’s Office of Investigation, MC Ugbagu, representing the Deputy Comptroller of Customs, instructed the NAA chairman to appear before the panel.

Letter with reference number NCS/INV/609//022/ABJ/HQ titled “News Feature on Direct Auction Allocation of Nigerian Customs Service for Sale of Public Property and Other Items fist Newspaper for September 20, 2022. An imposter, Musa Kurra, who claims to be the national president of the Nigerian Auctioneers Association, has accused the process of irregularities and corruption.

It reads: “The above subject matter refers to. Please come on time at 11:00 am on November 8th to be interviewed by the Auditor General of Nigeria Customs Headquarters.

”You should bring all relevant documents to support your claim. The above is for your reference and compliance, please. ”

But reacting to the development on Monday, Kula dismissed the subpoena, saying the agency couldn’t compel him to appear before its panel, insisting he didn’t owe them any explanation.

The auctioneer challenged the NCS to resolve the allegations or to rebut the award letter regarding the direct auction of vehicles allocated to beneficiaries.

He said: “Why should I accept the invitation? Who gave them this power? I accuse them of doing something wrong and they now invite me to face them? Are they the judge in their own case? Where is it done? I am a smuggler ?

“I said I have the documents on this and you (The PUNCH) have published this story. I think they are clowns. Let them face the substance of my charges against them; whether the documents came from them.

“Let them deny the document, whether it belongs to them or not; whether or not they act on behalf of the comptroller general.”

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