Ex-Customs DG Abdullahi Dikko/ Photo Nigerian Customs

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed the return of N1 billion by a former Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service  Abdullahi Dikko, to the Federal Government.

Dikko, who headed the NCS between August 2009 and August 2015, was reportedly arrested by the EFCC in June over alleged diversion of N40 billion from the agency’s coffers.

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He was said to have been released due to his poor health and was expected to return more money.

The commission’s spokesperson Wilson Uwujaren gave the confirmation on Saturday.


Uwujaren confirmed the seizure of a property belonging to the former customs boss in the Jabi District of Abuja, saying it was under investigation.

Media reports had identified the property as a mansion worth N2 billion and located at 1 Audu Ogbe Street, Jabi, Abuja.

The EFCC spokesperson also confirmed the release of ex-Minister of State for Defence, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, who had been in the commission’s detention since October 17.

He said that the former minister returned N100 million as reported and that the amount was being verified by the commission.

“He dropped his Nigerian and American passports, apart from being released to two sureties,’’ Uwujaren said.