The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has notified the public of the physical inspection and auction of 15 vessels and 649 forfeited vehicles spread across nine states and the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja are scheduled to begin on Tuesday (tomorrow).
Additionally, the agency announced that it will auction off 39 mobile phones, 11 computers, and other gadgets. The auctioneers chosen by the commission will conduct the exercise.
The anti-graft agency announced in a public notice that the items, which were the subject of final forfeiture orders under its Establishment Act of 2004 and the Public Procurement Act of 2007, as well as the Proceeds of Crime (Recovery and Management) Act of 2022, would be sold at physical and online auctions.
The exercise, which will be held variously and simultaneously across the affected states and the FCT, is scheduled to end with the physical auction in Sokoto and Ilorin, respectively on December 20, 2022.
Lagos has the highest number of vehicles for auction with 438; followed by Ibadan, Oyo State, with 80 vehicles; Port Harcourt, Rivers State, with 45 vehicles; and the Federal Capital Territory, with 35 vehicles.
Others include Benin, Edo State, with 20 vehicles; Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, 11 vehicles, Enugu, nine vehicles; Ilorin, Kwara State, seven vehicles; while each of Kano and Sokoto has two vehicles available for auction. Some of the vehicles up for auction include exotic cars, expensive Sport Utility Vehicles, trucks, buses, and saloon cars.
Some of the choice brands include Mercedes Benz G-Wagon GLK, 4matic, ML, and CLA models; BMW X6, 525i, and other models; Range Rover and Land Rover SUVs; Porsche, Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Prado, Lexus LX 570, RX 350 and other expensive models.
Among the long list are different models of Toyota, Lexus, Mercedes Benz, Honda, Acura, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, Audi, Nissan, Infinity, Mazda, and several other SUVs, space wagons, and saloon cars.
The advertorial also indicated that laptops, including Apple Macbooks, iPhones, Samsung phones, and several others would be auctioned.
“The auction is open to the general public throughout Nigeria for the duration of the bidding period, except staff of the commission and persons, groups, or organisations against whom the forfeiture order was made.
“Asset viewing is free at the asset locations; assets will be sold ‘as is’ and ‘where is’ and no asset will be sold below the reserved price. A winning bid can only be equal to or above the commission’s reserved price,” the agency stated.