The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) will on Thursday next week arraign a former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko, and two others for allegedly stealing more than N1 billion, Premium Times reports.
The matter, suit number FHC/ABJ/CR/21/2019-FRN v Abdullahi Inde Dikko & Ors, is billed to come up before Justice Lucia Ojukwu of Court 7, Abuja Federal High Court.
A former Assistant Comptroller-General of the agency in charge of Finance, Administration and Technical Services, Garba Makarfi, and Umar Hussaini, a lawyer and owner of Capital Law Office, are also listed as defendants in the suit.
According to the charge sheet exclusively obtained byPremium Times, they are accused of inducing the Managing Director of Cambial Limited, Yemi Obadeyi, to pay N1.1 billion (N1,100, 952,380.96) into the account of Capital Law Office as a refundable “completion security deposit” for the purchase of 120 units of duplexes as residential accommodation for officers of the Nigeria Customs Service.
The ICPC accuses Messrs Dikko and Makarfi of using the bank account of Mr. Hussaini’s firm’s to illegally receive the money. The anti-graft agency further alleged that Mr. Hussaini within the same period between April 6 and December 2010 shared the money into various accounts.
Mr. Makarfi was accused of receiving three million dollars between April and December 2010, apparently as part of the proceeds of corruption.
ICPC’s legal officer, Ephraim Otti, in his affidavit sworn to on January 25, 2019, at the Federal High Court in Abuja, said the defendants were investigated for alleged violation of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000; Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006, and Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended).
According to Mr. Otti, evidence from the investigation established a prima facie case against the accused.