EFCC Operatives Raid Home of Ex-customs Boss, Dikko Abdullahi
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday raided the residence of the immediate past Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Inde Abdullahi.
EFCC personnel were said to have arrived at the house located at 6, Ahmed Musa Crescent, Jabi, at about 7 a.m.
Abdullahi, who voluntarily resigned his appointment few months into the current administration was said to be out of the residence when the operatives stormed his home.
One of the four armed policemen, who accompanied the operatives on the operation and did not want to be named, told NAN that their presence around the house was to ensure that there was no breakdown of law and order.
Mohammed Usman, one of Dikko’s relatives, said that the EFCC operatives arrived at the residence at about 7 a.m.
“The information I gathered showed that the operatives, numbering about seven, were in the house to carry out search for documents,” he said.
“A team of about seven operatives of the EFCC in company with some armed policemen arrived at the residence at about 7am and have been in the house for the past five hours.
“From the information available to me, no search warrant was presented before the commencement of the search. As I speak to you, they are currently in my uncle’s bedroom carrying out the search in his absence.
Usman faulted the search on the ground that the operation was being carried out in the absence of the former comptroller-general.
“The only people in the house at the commencement of this search and even till now are his children who are below the age of 18,” he said.
Dikko has been leveled with various forms of allegations particularly towards the end of his tenure in 2015.
A pressure group identified as the Nigerian Customs Transparency Initiative, NCTI had petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, calling for his probe over allegations of abuse of office including the alleged disappearance of some containers and the N3.5 billion incurred on the installation of Internet facility by the Customs Service.
NCTI, in the petition signed by one Dr. James Onoja, requested ICPC to probe some infractions allegedly committed by the Service, which include contravention of the Public Service Rule 070318, manipulation of promotions, high-handedness, inflation of purchase of BMW cars for senior officials and alleged spending of N3.5 billion on Internet project.