Why EFCC is after former Customs CG, Dikko

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday raided the residence of former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko, in Abuja.

The anti-graft personnel were said to have arrived at the house located at 6, Ahmed Musa Crescent, Jabi, at about 7am.

Sources revealed that EFCC has been investigating Dikko based on series of petitions against him since he left office in August 2015.

It was reported that Dikko was not at home when the officers arrived and that their mission was not disclosed to any member of the family who were in the house.

Armed officials of the EFCC were seen around the house. One of the four armed policemen, who accompanied the operatives on the operation, told reporters on condition of anonymity that their presence around the house was to ensure that there was no breakdown of law and order.

Mohammed Usman, a relative to the former Customs boss, said the EFCC operatives arrived at the residence at about 7am.

According to Usman, “The information I gathered showed that the operatives numbering about seven were in the house to carry out search for documents.

“A team of about seven operatives of the EFCC in company with some armed policemen arrived at the residence at about 7am and have been in the house for the past five hours.
”From the information available to me, no search warrant was presented before the commencement of the search and as I speak to you, they are currently in my uncle’s bedroom carrying out the search in his absence.”

Usman faulted the search on the ground that the operation was being carried out in the absence of the former comptroller-general.

“The only people in the house at the commencement of this search and even till now are his children who are below the ages of 18,” he said.

When contacted, Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC spokesman, said he had not been informed of the search on the former comptroller-general’s residence. 

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