The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Thursday advised members of the public to
disregard adverts of alleged ongoing auction at the Lagos Port Complex (LPC),
saying the adverts were scam.
Mohammed, the Port Manager, Lagos Port Complex, stated this in an interview in Lagos.
manager said he had lately been bombarded with several inquiries concerning
alleged vehicle auction taking place in the port.
that the general public should be weary of such rumour perpetrated by
fraudulent people, who intended to defraud others.
Nigerian Ports Authority Apapa has no business with any auction whatsoever.
we are the custodian of ports and we can say categorically that there is no
auction going on. So, members of the public should continue to disregard such
adverts especially via the internet that is taking place.
had several members of the public contacting us directly or via e-mail, trying
to find out, cross-check in terms of an auction that is allegedly being carried
out inside the port especially in respect of vehicles.
there are documents that are placed on the internet, especially some specific
sites alleging or requesting members of the public or informing some
members of the public about an alleged auction exercise that is going on in
some fraudulent persons are using internet facilities to create that kind of
activity which is not taking place and just largely with the intention to
defraud members of the public,’’ the port manager said.
manager said people should not be carried away by ridiculous offers for wanting
to pay far less for something that should ordinarily costs more.
encouraged inquiries to be made directly from the port management to avoid
being victims of such scams.