Customs to auction 2 airplanes, 1 helicopter

CG Customs Hameed Ali

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has announced that it seeks buyers from members of the public to bid for two of its aircraft and one helicopter.

In a published tender notice  from its Tenders Board, the Service described the two aircraft – Dornier 288-101 models with registration 5N-AUN and 5N-AUX as unserviceable.

Both the aircraft and the helicopter, an AS 355-F2 with registration 5N-ABP are at NCS Hanger in Kaduna airport in Kaduna state, it said.

Interested members of the public are being allowed to inspect the items till November 21 while the bid submission closes by December 7, 2016.

The NCS has some aircraft including the Cessna CJ4 which it uses in its anti-smuggling operations across Nigerian borders which is 4,047-kilometre long.

The announcement is coming a month after the Presidency slammed for having many aircraft in its fleet advertised the sales of two aircraft in the Presidential Air Fleet (PAF). Few days later, it donated two Augusta AW101 helicopters to the Nigeria Air Force (NAF).

When contacted Wednesday, the service’ spokesman, Wale Adeniyi in a text message said‎ he was not privy to the information.

Prospective buyers of the aircraft are expected to contact the Office of the Deputy Comptroller, Procurement, at the NCS Headquarters in Abuja, the notice indicated.


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