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Ex-Customs Boss, Dikko Abdullahi, Returns Over N1B to FG

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  • EFCC seizes his N2B Abuja mansion

Former boss of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has returned N1,040,000,000 to the Federal Government.

Dikko Abdullahi was the Comptroller-General of customs between August, 2009 and August, 2015.

Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, EFCC, beamed its search light on him in 2015 when the commission established that about N40bn was diverted from the coffers of the NCS under his watch.

The funds were allegedly drawn from proceeds of the 7% cost of collection and 1% comprehensive import supervision scheme.

He was subsequently arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in June this year but was released due to his poor health.

It’s learned that Mr. Dikko had started returning money to the government’s coffers.

“So far, Dikko has returned over N1bn. He returned N1bn and then N4m. He is still expected to return more money,” The Puch quotes a source as saying.

The EFCC had, earlier in the year, seized a mansion belonging to Dikko located at 1 Audu Ogbeh Street, Jabi, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

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The mansion is said to worth at least N2bn.

Already, EFCC has seized the property with the inscription, “EFCC, Keep Off!” painted all over the fence.

“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,” EFCC source say.

Reports also say the ex-Customs head owns properties in Dubai and in Katsina, his home state.

Hausa version: Ex-kwastam Boss, Dikko Abdullahi, Ya Koma Over N1B to FG
EFCC ta shãfe ya N2B Abuja qasaita
Tsohon kocin na Najeriya kwastam Service, NCS, ya koma N1,040,000,000 ga Gwamnatin Tarayya.
Dikko Abdullahi shi ne Comptroller-Janar na al’adu a tsakanin watan Agusta, 2009, kuma Agusta, 2015.
Nigeria ta anti-dasa dillancin, EFCC, beamed da search haske a kan shi, a cikin 2015 lokacin da hukumar tabbatar da cewa game da N40bn aka kange su daga aljihun na NCS karkashin watch.
The kudi aka zargin kõma daga Saide na 7% kudin tarin da kuma 1% m shigo dubawa makirci.
Ya aka baya kama da tattalin arziki da Financial Laifukan Hukumar a watan Yuni a wannan shekara, amma an sake saboda ya matalauta kiwon lafiya.
An koyi cewa Mr. Dikko ya fara dawo da kudi ga gwamnati ta aljihun.
“Ya zuwa yanzu, Dikko ya koma kan N1bn. Ya koma N1bn sa’an nan kuma N4m. Shi ne har yanzu ana sa ran komawa karin kudi, “The Puch kwaso a source matsayin cewa.
The EFCC da, a baya a cikin shekara, kama a gidan na zuwa Dikko located a 1 Audu Ogbeh Street, Jabi, Babban Birnin Tarayya, Abuja.
The gidan aka ce daraja a kalla N2bn.
Tuni, EFCC ta kama da dukiya da rubutu, “EFCC, Ka Off!” Fentin ko’ina cikin shinge.
“The EFCC Dokar Sashe 71 (b) ya bamu ikon fara bincike a cikin dũkiyar wani mutum, idan ya bayyana wa EFCC cewa mutumin da ta salon da nisan da kaddarorin da aka ba shi barata bisa doka.
“Sashi na 28 ya ce game da wadanda aka kama a karkashin dokar, da hukumar nan da nan zai gano da kuma hašawa dukan dukiya da seizures irin wannan mutum wanda aka samu.
“Sashi na 29 izni da dukiya da mutum kama a karkashin sashe na 28 da za a kwace daga jihar.
“Dikko ya jami’in kwastam da kuma bauta ga kamar shekaru 30. Ya ya bayyana, inda ya samu kudi saya qasaita na N2bn, “EFCC source ce.
Rahotanni kuma sun ce tsohon kwastam kai rike Properties a Dubai da kuma a Katsina, jiharsa.

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