How the former CG of Nigeria Customs Service walks a freeman and lives in the same house the Economic and Financial Crime Commission had earlier sealed up.
Amazingly, despite the uproar and the commando-like invasion of the former Comptroller of Custom’s home Abdullahi Inde Dikko by men and officers of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, Abdullahi Inde Dikko, the erstwhile CG of Nigeria Customs Service walks a freeman and lives in the same house the Economic and Financial Crime Commission had earlier sealed up. All thanks to the role allegedly played by the Emirates in Dubai during the President’s last visit and the role allegedly played by the Emirates in Zazzau and Daura.
Our investigation revealed that although Dikko was declared wanted by the Federal Government over monumental fraud and embezzlement, the president developed cold-feet about prosecuting Dikko because of the alleged intervention of the Dubai and Northern Emirates. A close associate of Dikko who spoke to us on condition of anonymity revealed that Zazzau and Daura Emirates were beneficiaries of Dikko’s generous Largesse when he held sway as the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service.
The source claimed that the Emirates both in Nigeria and UAE persuaded the President to soft-pedal in prosecuting Dikko as that would affect the integrity of the traditional institutions across Nigeria, especially the Emirates of Zazzau and Daura. ‘Should there be public probe of Dikko, the very mighty within the political and traditional class will be affected’. The source said.
It would be recalled that Dikko allegedly flee the country through a high-powered systematic arrangement facilitated by his ‘hit boys’ AC Turaki and AC Victor Dimka who drove him through the Seme Border with Custom’s Armored Tank.
‘While AC Turaki guided Dikko inside the Armored Tank, AC Victor left to liaise with their Benin Republic counterparts with a huge sum of money. Immediately after sealing the deal with their Benin counterparts, the Armored Tank headed through a narrow road in one of the villages, with security alarms as if there was a chase on smugglers. When Dikko has been driven to the Benin side of the border, arrangement was made, supervised by AC Turaki who facilitated his exit through Cotonou airport’. The source said.
Dikko, while serving in Customs allegedly formed strong alliance with the former first Lady Dame Patience Jonathan who we learnt was directly dishing instruction to Dikko to the frustration of the former Minister of Finance and Coordinator of the Economy. LeadingReporters can authoritatively reveal that Dame Patience Jonathan frustrated all the moves by the former Minister of Finance and Coordinator of the Economy Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to call Dikko to order when allegations of massive embezzlement in customs was unveiled to her, especially when it was alleged in 2014 that on the orders of Dame Patience, Dikko divided all Customs proceeds into 3 equal parts and shared it among himself, Dame Patience Jonathan and return the other part to government coffers. It was further alleged by our source that Dikko built a world class Private school and handed over to the erstwhile first family’.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was alleged to have confronted Jonathan over and over again over the activities of Dikko and his wife. She was alleged to have told the former President that she would not want to discuss any issues involving Nigeria Customs Service under Dikko unless the President called his wife to order.
Dikko, who is believed to be the richest public servants allegedly shared his largesse with the traditional echelons and formed a strong wall of protection against any probe by extending his loot with the key political actors both from PDP and APC aside super-enriching his ‘men’ in the service who he believed would become his foot soldiers in the event that things go the other way round. A source who spoke to us confirmed that one of the strategies Dikko used was consistently sharing choice and exotic cars seized from importers to those who shielded him. ‘Part of his Exotic BMW largesse were given to top politicians holding positions in government today. Ahmed Tinubu can never deny he did not receive 3 exotic BMW cars before he was compelled to return them as that would affect the integrity of the party when the burbles burst’. The source said.