There are indications that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is after the immediate past Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, Abdullahi Dikko because of the level of Corruption in the service that he handed over to his successor, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd).
A source in the anti-graft office says the agency is considering extraditing the former Customs Comptroller-General from Dubai, peradventure he fails to honor the EFCC’s call. A few days ago, operatives of the anti-graft agency stormed Abdullahi Dikko’s Abuja house while he was away to Dubai, the operatives ransacked everywhere in their bid to find incriminating documents over the ongoing investigation of some petitions brought against him while in office.
“It is advisable for Dikko to return home this week to answer some questions raised by the petitioners who accused him of sharp practices while in office the better otherwise, the commission will has no choice but to use the extradition to bring him to justice wherever he may be.”
“Dikko has some questions to answer over what Col Ali met on ground, the place stinks, to say the least and if the man has traveled out of the country, we may ask him to come back if he has nothing to hide else we may be forced to use other ways to bring him back.”
Abdullahi Dikko voluntarily retired from the Customs service shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn into office.
Abdullahi Diko MFR, OFR (born 11 May 1960) was the Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs Service from August 2009 to August 2015.
Dikko was born on May 11, 1960 in Musawa town, a local government area of Katsina State, Nigeria. He attended Government College, Kaduna in 1974 where he obtained the West African Senior School Certificate Examination in 1980 before he later obtained a Bachelor of science (B. sc) degree in Economics and Master of science (M. sc) degree in Finance from the University of Dimitrov Apostle Tshenov, Svishtov, Bulgaria.
He joined the Nigerian Customs Service in 1988. He has served in various customs commands including Seme Border, Tincan Island Port, Apapa, Imo Command, Kaduna, Badagry Area Command,Investigation and Inspection Headquarters, Abuja Badagry Area Command before he was appointed as Controller-General of Nigerian Customs Service on 26, August 2009.
He had played a significant role in the transformation of the Nigerian Customs Service.
He is a receiver of numerous awards. Among others includes; Member of The Federal republic, MFR awarded by the president of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Officer of the Federal Republic, OFR awarded by the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Best Anti Smuggling Command of the year (2007) awarded by the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agent
International Freight Forwards Association Award of the Highest CAC Revenue Collector of the year (2007).
Badagry Prime Award for Excellence (2007).
Maritime Watch Outstanding Service Award (2007)
Bold News Africa International Magazine’s African Leadership Icon Merit Award (2008)
African Leaders of Integrity Merit Award 2008.
Africa Gold International Communications Award for Great African Patriotic Achiever’s (GAPAGA) 2008.
African Age International Leadership Gold Award for Excellence.
African Choice International News Magazine Award for Meritorious Award for Heroic Service, 2009.
Transparent Monitoring Action’s Award for Transparent Administrator of year 2009.
Globalink International 2009 African International Role Model Leadership Gold Award for National Development.
Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Inspirational Leadership and Good Governance Award, 2009.
Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria’s MARAN Award for the most outstanding Customs Administrator, 2009.
National Association of Government Approval Freight Forwarder’s (NAGAFF) Peace Award 2009