Former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko, has reportedly returned N1,040,000, 000 to the Federal Government.
Dikko who 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 N40 billion, was arrested by the EFCC in June this year but later released due to his poor health.
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An EFCC source confirmed the reports saying “So far, Dikko has returned over N1 billion. He returned N1 billion and then N4 million. He is still expected to return more money.”
The EFCC had, earlier in the year, seized a mansion belonging to Dikko located at 1 Audu Ogbeh Street, Jabi, Abuja.
According to the anti-graft commission, the mansion is worth at least N2 billion. The source added that the EFCC Act Section 71 (b) gives them the power to into the property of any person, if it appears to the commission that the person’s lifestyle and extent of properties are not justified by law.
The source said:
“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 N2 billion.”
Abdullahi Dikko who served as the head of customs between August, 2009 and August, 2015, became the subject of an EFCC investigation last year when the commission established that about N40 billion was diverted from the coffers of the NCS under his watch.
The funds were allegedly drawn from proceeds of the seven per cent cost of collection and one per cent comprehensive import supervision scheme.