EFCC holds ex-Customs chief Dikko on N42b ‘fraud
|Former Customs chief Abdullahi Inde Dikko|
Former Customs chief Abdullahi Inde Dikk is being held by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
Accordly to news Flash, EFCC has traced how about N2.6obillion was withdrawn from Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) coffers and remitted into the accounts of some companies floated by a former Assistant Comptroller General who served under Dikko.
Former Custom Boss Dikko was yesterday grilled on the sources of funds with which he allegedly acquired a N2 billion mansion at 1, Audu Ogbe Street, Jabi, Abuja.
The anti-graft agency had been on Dikko’s trail since January 8 when its operatives stormed his home.
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.
Dikko yesterday turned himself in to the EFCC.He arrived at the EFCC’s Abuja headquarters at about 10am. His interrogation lasted about eight hours.
As at press time, he was being detained by the commission for the continuation of his interrogation today.
Accordly to the Nation, The former Customs boss is at the moment being quizzed over two grain area of allegations bordering on criminal conspiracy, diversion of public funds, theft, abuse of office and living above legitimate means.
“He is being grilled over the source of the funds with which he acquired the palatial mansion valued at over N2billion located at 1, Audu Ogbe Street, Jabi Abuja.
“There is also an allegation that he diverted over N40billion from Customs coffers. The funds were allegedly drawn from proceeds of the 7% cost of collection and 1%
comprehensive import supervision scheme.
the EFCC’s probe, a pressure group identified as the Nigerian Customs Transparency Initiative(NCTI) has petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over alleged abuse of office, disappearance of some containers and the N3.5 billion incurred on the installation of Internet facility by the Customs Service.
In the petition, which was signed by Dr. James Onoja, the NCTI said: “Purchase of vehicles: Prices of B.M.W vehicles for senior officers were criminally inflated. About N3.5 billion naira was siphoned and frittered away through an internet project that never saw daylight.
“Thirteen (13) containers at T.C.I.P. were impounded sometime ago. It was claimed that four Iranians were arrested with the containers, two of which disappeared into the thin air.
There happen to be false declaration of Annual Customs Revenue Generation. In order to give false impression of excellent performance, the Customs Service adds figure of the Value Added Tax (VAT) which Customs collects on behalf of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to the revenue derived from custom duties whereas the same VAT figure has been included in the VAT revenue declared and announced by FIRS as required by law, thereby creating a misleading duplication of revenue figure derive from VAT
Source: The Nation