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Former Customs’ Boss Abdullahi Dikko Arrested

Former CG, Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko
Former CG, Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has detained a former Comptroller General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko.

He was yesterday quizzed in connection with an alleged N42billion fraud.

Dikko was said to have acquired a N2 billion mansion at 1, Audu Ogbe Street, Jabi, Abuja.

Besides, the EFCC said it has traced how about N2.6billion was withdrawn from Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, and remitted into the accounts of some companies floated by a former Assistant Comptroller General who served under Dikko.

The anti-graft agency had been on Dikko’s trail since January 8 when its operatives stormed his home, but Dikko was said to have travelled out of the country. The EFCC launched a discreet manhunt for him, seeking help from some agencies, including the INTERPOL.

The former Customs’ boss eventually turned himself in to the EFCC yesterday.

He arrived at the EFCC’s Abuja headquarters at about 10am. His interrogation lasted about eight hours.

As at press time today, he was still being detained by the commission for the continuation of his interrogation today.

“The former Customs boss is at the moment being quizzed over two key allegations bordering on criminal conspiracy, diversion of public funds, theft, abuse of office and living above legitimate means,” said a source at the EFCC.