Dikko Inde; The Two Face Custom Cop, By Alhassan Haruna
We were surprise in Kano some two days ago, hearing the Comptroller of Nigerian Custom on the radio discussing about the recent arrest of some Chinese business men who are believed to have imported contraband goods into Nigeria.
While we listen,i was personally surprise and dumped by the statement attributed to the custom boss,this is becouse of the fellowship attributable to the issue by people,especially in kano where many of the innocent kantin kwari business people were subjected to constant harassment and raiding of their warehouses by this thiefy,corrupted custom officers who only understand the language of money. The warehouses are big stores where they stored their products ordered from china for onward distribution in the kantin kwari.
In the past, Dikko Inde the two face Custom cop was friendly and passionate about the kantin kwari business people products that were conspicated in kano,promising that their products will be return and in addition the rouge officers punished. On this past issue, Dikko Inde kept his words,he protected these contraband goods,and the reasons might not be unconnected with his then new appointment as the comptroller of custom by the then president of Nigeria, yar’aduwa.
From all indication at the time,Dikko was promoting politics and equally buying people sympathy which he successfully gained at that time,becouse his name was called all over kano and praised. He was smart becouse he knows what the people really want. While that has been in the past,the comptroller is now fresh in the news,by himself on the radio telling those ready to listen that there is no more business as usual,that those same contraband goods he protected their demourage in the past must be conspicated in the interest of Nigeria.
Many have argued about this seemingly new approach to a same problem which from all indication has been given different selfish approaches by the custom boss which from all indication are designed to achieve some selfish and personal gain.
Some weeks ago,it was reported that Dikko Inde was courting the new president Elect,sending emiseries to the new president so as to retain his job as comptroller of custom.
While Dikko is on this issue,it was the same Dikko Inde who gave unfettered access of Nigerian boarders to a known smuggler by name Dahiru Mangal who with the help of the likes of Inde conspired for many years smuggling contrabands products for people who are ready to pay for such services. For all these years Inde has never risen a finger to promote his policy on smuggling of contraband products. Charges by Dahiru Mangal are in the range of 2 to 4 millions per container which was usually cleared at the rate of five hundred per container.
Dikko Inde on the radio insisted that the Chinese must bear the brunt of their illegitimate activity associated with smuggling of contraband products and in the process morethan 70 warehouses were raided and goods worth more than four billion naira were conspicated.
Many people harbour various theories as regard to Indes actions,while many believed that Dikko Inde is on a Devils mission to court the president Elect to allow him retain his job as the custom boss,others postulates that the Chinese delayed or refusal to remit his returns (bribe) is the reason why the custom boss initiated that adventure.
While we are in the know about the disdain harboured by the new president Elect about smuggling and most especially contrabands,we believed that all these was caused by the past governments policies that are ment to promote this smuggling of contrabands due to political affiliations of these criminal smugglers of Dahiru Mangal nature who are protected by the laws that are suppose to prosecute them.
Already president Elect have informed these smugglers to find new business,some of them,like Dahiru Mangal,the Dikko Inde right hand man and business partner have since parked his aeroplanes to Niger, thinking and believing that their time is over and prosecution is near.
While we call on the Chinese from now on to follow the right channel of importing their produce to Nigeria,we further wish to call on Inde to stop breaking stores that belong to kano people,conspicating their legally acquired products will only promotes hate accrued to a double face person like the comptroller General of custom who doesn’t identify with the laws but political affiliations.
Comrade,Alhassan Haruna Dambatta.