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EFCC In Dilemma Over Probe Of Dikko, Ex-Customs Boss

Posted: Jul 25, 2016 at 4:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nicholas Uwerunonye


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is at a crossroads over the investigation and arraignment of Abdullahi Dikko Inde, the former Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) on allegations of embezzlement and money laundering.

Sources say investigators of the alleged N40 billion pilferage under Inde, the immediate past helmsman of Nigeria’s Customs and Excise collection agency, have stumbled on findings that may indict some prominent Nigerians.

The findings, according to sources, indicate that some of the monies traced to Inde were largely spent as gifts in cash and kind to influential members of the nation’s political elite, some of whom have played or continue to play front-line roles in past and present administrations in the country.

A source, who spoke to Independent on the matter, said arraigning the former Customs Comptroller-General may open a pandora box, given the linkage between the monies being investigated and his gifts to people in high places.

“Over the past five years, I know of how many exotic cars we have driven to the garages of powerful monarchs and national leaders, past and present, as gifts, and at the behest of Inde”, said one source.

Rhetorically, the source asked: “What of the money given to these politicians?”

Inde is said to be very popular in Katsina, the same state the president hails from. The former Customs boss broke into the news when he was invited by the EFCC on June 16, 2016 over allegations of financial crimes but was let go after interrogations.

Last month, the EFCC also sealed some properties in Abuja allegedly linked to Inde. Since then, nothing has been heard about the investigation or his arraignment on any charges.

The N40 billion being investigated by EFCC, according to sources, was allegedly drawn from proceeds of the seven percent cost of collection and one percent comprehensive import supervision scheme under management of the NCS.

Independent gathered that Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), the incumbent Comptroller-General of the NCS, reportedly made the discovery and alerted EFCC.

“The N40 billion figure for now is conservative, but the real problem is where the money trails have led the investigators,” said a source in the presidency.

Reacting to the apparent lull in the investigation of Inde, Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media and Publicity at EFCC, said: “We cannot be categorical other than to say that EFCC is still investigating the matter.”