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Former Custom Comptroller, Dikko’s Hearing To Hold March 16

Funsho Akinwale

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has adjourned the case of Abdullahi Dikko, the former Comptroller of General of the Nigeria Customs Service, to March 16, 2020.

The judge on Monday also issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Dikko over several moves to evade appearing in court.

Before now, the ex-custom boss had failed to attend court to answer to a charge of fraud brought against him and two others by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).

Justice Ijeoma after announcing the order, noted that she had expected that Dikko would appear today in court but his lawyer, Solomon Akuna, only showed up with a medical report, claiming his client was critically ill and on admission in London.

Dikko, and other two culprits, Makarfi, and Hussaini, are being accused of inducing the Managing Director of Cambial Limited, Yemi Obadeyi, to pay N1.1 billion (N1,100, 952,380.96). This sum was allegedly paid into the account of the Capital Law Office as a refundable “completion security deposit” for the purchase of 120 units of duplexes as residential accommodation for officers of the Nigeria Customs Service.

Hussaini was alleged to have distributed the money into various other bank accounts and for his part in the deal, he was rewarded with the sum of $3 million.

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