Economic and Financial Crimes commission, EFCC will this week declare the embattled former Comptroller of Customs Abdullahi Inde Dikko wanted if he fails to appear before the operatives of the commission over alleged fraud.
A highly placed source at the EFCC at the weekend told Nigerian Pilot that the embattled former customs boss has turned down the invitation of the EFCC for three times without giving any cogent reasons why he will not appear.
The source further added that the commission will officially begin the process of declaring Dikko wanted today.
He said that the Federal Government has already ordered security agents at the nation’s airports and borders to place Dikko under arrest as soon as he is seen anywhere, explaining that the commission had trailed the ex-customs boss to Dubai in the United Arab Emirate.
On Friday last week, around10am, EFCC operatives in two buses had stormed Dikko’s residence at Jabi in Abuja and conducted a thorough search.
Other sources within the anti-graft agency said the search took several hours and only ended at dusk. However, the agents did not meet Dikko at home.
The EFCC was reported to be looking for huge amounts of money, in dollars, believed to be stashed in a residential building owned by the former customs chief. It was not clear whether the EFCC had found anything incriminating in Dikko’s residence.
Nigerian Pilot learnt that the EFCC only last Saturday relaxed the siege on the residence of the former Comptroller General of Customs but a senior official of the commission who confided in this medium during the weekend said that the EFCC had learnt that Dikko had travelled to Dubai.
He said that the former CG of customs would be arrested on his arrival back into the country as security agents at airports had been alerted to do so.
The source did not give the reason for Dikko’s trip to Dubai. He also refused to speak on the specifics of the investigation or the reason for the high-profile raid.
This medium also gathered that a high-powered delegation of top operatives of the commission was billed to travel outside the country for a mission in connection with the ongoing investigation.
The source said, “The commission has information that the man is in Dubai. I can’t say precisely why he is in the UAE; you know that most of our leaders have one problem or the other medically, which makes them travel out. But we have informed airport authorities in Lagos and Abuja to pick him up as soon as he arrives.”
When contacted, the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said, “I do not have any information on the issue.”
However, a relative of the ex-customs boss, Mohammed Usman had on Friday alleged that the EFCC did not secure a search warrant before raiding the house.
Alhaji Usman who spoke to journalists said, “The information I gathered showed that the operatives, numbering about seven, were in the house to carry out a search for documents.
“A team of about seven operatives of the EFCC in company with some armed policemen arrived at the residence about7am 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.”
He also expressed misgivings that the operation was 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
Nigerian pilot had reported that the search might not be unconnected with the Federal Government’s investigation into revenue generating agencies, including customs and Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA. The Muhammadu Buhari administration is said to be investigating these agencies over non-remittance of revenues into government coffers.
At the twilight of Dikko’s tenure, there were allegations of corruption against him by groups which said he did not manage the Nigerian Customs Service well.
One of the groups, the Nigerian Customs Transparency Initiative, had sent a petition to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission and the EFCC.
It had accused Dikko of abusing his office, adding that some containers disappeared from some port terminals without trace during his tenure.
The NCTI also claimed that the conditions on which the Customs, under Dikko’s supervision spent N3.5billion to upgrade the service’s Internet facilities were not transparent and must be investigated
But supporters of the former customs helmsman had said he introduced major reforms during his tenure. They added that the reforms led to increased revenue for the Federal Government.
Dikko was appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan on August 26, 2009.
He retired voluntarily from service on August 17, 2015 after president Muhammadu Buhari approved his retirement.

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