Ex-Customs boss Dikko is not a thief – Lawyers 

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Lawyers to former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Alhaji Dikko Inde Abdullahi, have expressed dissatisfaction with a publication in SHIPS & PORTS DAILY, which they claimed impugned the reputation built by the erstwhile Customs boss in the course of his service to the nation.

Reacting to a publication titled “When death sentence is appropriate”, Messrs Chuks Nwana & Co. said the impression created by the article was inaccurate. o ignored

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 said it recovered “seventeen exotic vehicles in a warehouse” located at Nnamdi Azikwe Street, Kaduna. EFCC claimed the warehouse belonged to the former Customs Comptroller-General.

“The recovery was sequel to an intelligence report the Commission received that stolen money and properties suspected to be proceeds of crime were being warehoused at the former Custom boss’ premises. Upon receipt of the intelligence, a team of operatives from the Kano Zonal Office of the EFCC were deployed to carry out the investigation on the matter,” EFCC had said.

Justice S.M Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna on February 24, 2017 gave an interim order, forfeiting the seventeen vehicles found to the Federal Government.

The order was sequel to an ex parte application by EFCC seeking among others, the forfeiture of the vehicles to the Nigerian government, pending the conclusion of investigation and determination of the case.

But in a letter dated 1st March 2017 and signed by Chuks Nwana Esq acting on behalf of the former Customs boss, the law firm said the seized vehicles do not belong to Dikko.

“Our client has informed us that the owners of the cars and the warehouse have intervened and approached the EFCC to secure the release of their cars”.

Editors Note

SHIPS & PORTS DAILY holds the former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service Alhaji Dikko Inde Abdullahi in high esteem. We therefore regret the error and mix-up contained in the article referred to above. 

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