Thursday, 3 November 2016

Ex- Customs boss refunds N1b to FG

The former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko, has returned N1,040,000, 000 to the Federal Government's coffers.

Dikko has been under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly diverting funds belonging to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), to the tune of N40b.

According to Punch, a source in the EFCC confirmed the reports saying “So far, Dikko has returned over N1bn. He returned N1bn and then N4m. He is still expected to return more money.”

Adding that “The EFCC Act Section 71 (b) gives us the power to commence investigations into the property of any person if it appears to the EFCC that the person’s lifestyle and extent of properties are not justified by law.


“Section 28 says concerning those arrested under the Act, the commission will immediately trace and attach all the assets and seizures of such a person which have been acquired.

“Section 29 permits the assets of a person arrested under Section 28 to be seized by the state.

“Dikko was a customs officer and served for about 30 years. He has to explain where he got the money to buy a mansion of N2bn.”

The Ex-Customs boss’ property located at 1 Audu Ogbeh Street, Jabi, Abuja, is still locked up, reports say.

You will recall that the EFCC interrogated Abdullahi Dikko on Thursday, June 16, 2016, but couldn't detain him due to his ill-health.

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