Security operatives in two loaded trucks yesterday besieged the house of former Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Mr Abdullahi Inde Dikko, on Ahmed Musa Street, Jabi, Abuja.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday gathered that stern looking mobile policemen and officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arrived the house of the former customs boss in Toyota Hiace trucks with registration numbers RSH 555 AB and BWA 645 GA to search the house of Inde who was said to be out of the country.
The family members of the former Customs boss are currently been held hostage as no one is allowed to either enter or leave the house.
The reason for the search of Dikkos’s residence by security operatives may not be unconnected with his activities during the over six years when he held sway as the boss of the ‘prime’ revenue agency of the government.
It would be recalled that Dikko who is from Katsina State became Comptroller General of Customs on August 17, 2009, resigned his appointment in August 2015, four months into President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The federal government had on Wednesday ordered the probe of Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS; Nigerian Customs Service, NCS; NIMASA, NNPC and other revenue generating organisations.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday recalls that Dikko was appointed CG of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS on August 9, 2009 by the late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua, for a four-year term which elapsed on August 18, 2013 and since then, the Katsina-born officer has remained in office following unconfirmed reports that he was given a two-year lifeline by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
During his tenure there were unconfirmed reports that he made substantial donation to the Buhari Campaign Organisation, an action which ordinarily ought to have kept him in the President’s good books.
It was gathered that Buhari was reluctant to receive any contributions from Dikko but his associates intervened and after the presidential election, he shunned the NCS boss.
After his first term of four years expired in August 2013, Dikko was alleged to have made frantic efforts to retain his plum job, including endearing himself to the former First Family at the time and currying favours and sentiments from senior officers he selectively promoted in the Service.
Dikko’s actions did not go unnoticed as close watchers of the sector called for his removal, accusing him of financial misappropriation, high-handedness and favouritism.
In spite of the clamour for Dikko’s removal, he waxed stronger and told anyone who cared to listen that he would remain the Comptroller-General as long as Jonathan was in office.
Dikko’s administration started off on a sound footing, improving the welfare of officers and men of the Service and developing capacity and increasing revenues collected.
An investigation into Dikko’s lifestyle in office revealed that he spent more than two-thirds of a year on overseas’ trips, practically converting the Customs private jet into personal use.
President Buhari has never hidden his disdain for Dikko’s flamboyant lifestyle, coupled with his knowledge of the rot in the Customs under Dikko’s watch.
Alleged Personal Grudges
• President Buhari allegedly has a personal score to settle with Dikko. For instance, when in 2013 Dikko hosted the CGs’ conference in Katsina State, he invited all the past Presidents and Heads of State, except PMB.
• Dikko was also said to have worked against Buhari in the 2007 and 2011 elections.
• Dikko was said not to have paid a condolence visit when Buhari lost his daughter.
• When a childhood friend of the President, Comptroller Jamo, was going to be prematurely retired a couple of years ago, he was said to have requested Dikko to spare Jamo, but Dikko refused among other perceived grudges.

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