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Alleged N1.1b fraud: Court dismisses charge against former Customs Comptroller

A charge of fraud brought against former Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Abdullahi Inde Dikko and two others by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), has been dismissed by a  Federal High Court in Abuja.

This came after ICPC lawyer, E. A. Sogunle's oral application for withdrawal of the charge under Section 108 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015.

Dikko, a former Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs in charge of Finance, Administration and Technical Services Garba Makarfi and Umar Hussaini, a lawyer and owner of Capital Law firm, had been dragged to court by ICPC after being accused of inducing the Managing Director of Cambial Limited, Yemi Obadeyi, to pay N1.1 billion (N1,100, 952,380.96) into the account of Capital Law Office as a refundable “completion security deposit” for the purchase of 120 units of duplexes as residential accommodation for officers of the Nigeria Customs Service.

Hussaini was accused of receiving $3 million as reward for distributing the money into various other bank accounts.

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