A federal high court sitting in Abuja has struck out charges of corruption filed by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), against a former Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko. The court headed by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu dismissed the case following an application by the ICPC to withdraw the charges filed against the former customs boss. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, struck out the charges after hearing an application by the anti-graft agency informing the court of its difficulties in apprehending Dikko.
Dikko was charged alongside Garba Makarfi, a former Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs, in charge of Finance, Administration and Technical Services, Umar Hussaini, a lawyer and owner of Capital Law firm are defendants in the case. The trio, among others, were accused of inducing the Managing Director of Cambial Limited, Yemi Obadeyi, to pay N1.1 billion into the account of Capital Law Office.
The fund was alleged to be refundable “completion security deposit” for the purchase of 120 units of duplexes as residential accommodation for officers of the NCS. However, at the resumed hearing on Wednesday, Shogunle informed the court that they had been unable to apprehend Dikko despite the warrant issued against him. Subsequently, Justice Ojukwu then granted the application of dismissal of charges against Dikko.