Former Customs boss, Dikko, returns N1bn to EFCC

Former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko has returned N1,004,000,000 to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Punch reports.

Dikko is being investigated by the EFCC fater it was discovered that N40bn was diverted from the service’s account during his period as Comptroller-General between 2009 and 2015.

Dikko was arrested in June but was later released due to poor health.

A source in the EFCC said Dikko has refunded over N1bn and still expected to return more.

“So far, Dikko has returned over N1bn. He returned N1bn and then N4m. He is still expected to return more money,” the source said.

The EFCC had also seized a mansion belonging to Dikko which worth over N2bn.

The source added, “The EFCC Act Section 71 (b) gives us the power to commence investigations into the property of any person if it appears to the EFCC that the person’s lifestyle and extent of properties are not justified by law.

“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 N2bn.”

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