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Ex-Customs CG, Dikko, dies at 61



Ex Customs CG Dikko dies at 61A former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko, is dead.

Dikko, an indigene of Katsina State led the NCS from 2009 to 2015.

Mr. Dikko was born in 1960 in Musawa Local Government Area of Katsina State. He joined the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in 1988.

He was appointed comptroller-general of the NCS by former President Umaru Yar’adua in 2009 and served in the office until 2015.

The deceased attended Government College, Kaduna, from 1974 and obtained the West African Senior School Certificate in 1980.

He later obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Dimitrov Apostle Tshenov, Svishtov, Bulgaria.

He served in various customs commands, including Seme Border, Tincan Island Port, Apapa, Imo Command, Kaduna, Badagry Area Command, Investigation and Inspection Headquarters, Abuja.

Dikko died on Thursday at the age of 61 after a protracted illness.

The former customs boss had been facing a probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as well as the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.

The EFCC under the leadership of the former Chairman, Ibrahim Magu had seized Dikko’s house reported to have worth N1.1bn and vehicles worth hundreds of millions of naira.

But due to his failing health, his case could not proceed.

In December 2020, the ICPC and its Chairman, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, were restrained from arresting and prosecuting Dikko.


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