- Former customs boss, Abdullahi Dikko, says he served without blemish and retired voluntarily in 2015
- The committee of concerned customs officers states that the ex-customs chief remains unflinching in his loyalty to Nigeria and the institutions of government even in retirement
A former comptroller general of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Abdullahi Dikko, has faulted allegations that he looted N40bn as claimed by the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed.
Dikko in a statement released on his behalf by a group, the Committee of Concerned Customs Officers (CCCO), said he served without blemish and retired voluntarily in 2015, The Nation reports.
The statement read: “With the reforms Dikko introduced, the process of revenue collection is now water-tight and absolutely shielded from manipulation and unauthorised access by anybody, no matter how highly placed.
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“All import and excise duties are paid to commercial banks and it is compulsory that the money be remitted to the Federation Account at 6 o’ clock everyday of business and every morning. All the money collected resides at the Central Bank of Nigeria. The Comptroller-General is never a signatory to any account. The money allocated to Customs was not without control.
“All projects strictly followed due process. The Comptroller-General had his expenditure and approval limits, and reported to the Board of Customs and Excise and also the Federal Executive Council.
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“As a non-partisan professional, even in retirement, Dikko remains unflinching in his loyalty to Nigeria and the institutions of government."
The group insisted that as a non-partisan professional, the former customs boss remains unflinching in his loyalty to Nigeria and the institutions of government even in retirement.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Customs service on Tuesday, March 6, handed over the sum of 375,000 USD (Three hundred and seventy five thousand United States dollar) and one Adamu Rabiu Muhammad with passport number A50280997 to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Kaduna zonal office.
NAIJ.com gathered that the suspect, a business man from Kano was intercepted at the international wing of the Kaduna international airport, traveling on board ET941 Ethiopian Airline to Dubai on a business trip.
A team of Custom officers on patrol, led by CSC Medugu Y.D. apprehended the suspect on Saturday, March 3, at about 12:22hrs.
While commending the Nigerian Customs service for its vigilance, EFCC Kaduna zonal head of operations, Ibrahim Bappa, enjoined other law enforcement agencies to work with the EFCC for a corrupt free Nigeria.
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