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Confusion as Customs Claim Nigerians Win eAuctions in Lifeless Website

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Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), said that 43 people have won the bidding of vehicles in the first 48 hours of the newly launched e-auction platform, though the portal is still not functional as at the time of filing this report.

Joseph Attah, public relations officer of NCS, told NAN that the platform, which was launched on Monday by Hameed Ali, Customs comptroller-general, is active and working despite claims from interested bidders that they could not access the Customs’s auction websites.

Contrary to claims by Attah that the platform is active and working, TheCable discovered that the website could not be accessed at various intervals on Wednesday as the page displayed an error message.

“Dear user, the requested page was not found (error 404).”

NAN corroborated this claim as it reports that the website could not be accessed between 4:10pm and 4:45pm on Wednesday.

“NAN reported that between 4:10 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5, the platform was showing ‘Under Maintenance’,” the news agency wrote.

“The platform also gave an instruction saying: ‘Dear user, the server is currently undergoing scheduled maintenance or upgrade. Please refresh the page in a few minutes.”

At times when the website was functional, attempts made by TheCable to register and bid on the platform (https://app.trade.gov.ng/eauction/auction/list/all) failed as the website rejected genuine tax identification numbers.

According to the terms and conditions on the website, interested bidders would have to pay an administrative charge of N1000 to any branch of Jaiz bank.

Attah said other banks had not joined the exercise because of technical issues.

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