Reps lambast Dikko, describe Customs as a lawless agency

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts, yesterday, summoned Comptroller General of Customs, Abdullahi Inde Dikko, over queries bothering on the 2007–2010 remittances to the Federation Account.
The committee, currently investigating remittances by revenue generating agencies, branded the Nigeria Customs Service as a lawless agency. It said the comptroller general, who it said had ignored six invitations, must address some queries regarding remittances that the service ought to have made. The committee fixed Wednesday, April 10, this year as the date Dikko must appear before it unfailingly to respond to the sundry issues raised by the office of the Auditor General of the Federation.

Members of the committee, angered by Dikko’s failure to appear before it to answer the audit queries issued by the office of the Auditor General, took turns to lambast him. Chairman of the committee, Rep. Solomon Olamilekan, expressed dismay at what he called consistent failure of the CG to honour their invitation.
The Customs boss, it was gathered, had travelled to Ghana and had delegated his Deputy, John Atte, to represent the service at the scheduled meeting yesterday, a development which incurred the wrath of the House members.
“We are not happy, the CG cannot be above board. That he is controlling revenue and in charge of too much money does not make him above board,” a member said.

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