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ICPC Withdraws Fraud Charges Against Former Customs CG, Abdullahi Dikko

Valentine Chinyem

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, has withdrawn fraud charges filed against a former Boss of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Inde Dikko.

Lawyer to the anti-corruption agency, Ebenezer Shogunle, disclosed to the court that they have been unable to apprehend the former Comptroller-General despite a warrant issued against him.

Shogunle therefore made an oral application withdrawing the charges.

The presiding judge, Ijeoma Ojukwu, dismissed the charges following the withdrawal.

Recall that the ICPC in February 2019 filed charges bordering on fraud to the tune of N1.1bn against Dikko and two others.

Also on February 17, 2020, Justice Ojukwu issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the former NCS boss over his continued failure to appear in court in respect of the case.

Dikko alongside Garba Makarfi, a former NCS Assistant Comptroller-General in charge of Finance, Administration and Technical Services, and Umar Hussaini, a lawyer and owner of Capital Law firm, were defendants in the case.