How EFCC Threat To Prosecute Ex-Custom Boss, Dikko After Refund of N1.9bn May Have Led To His Death

By Our Reporter

Abuja (Precise Post) – The threat by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to prosecute the erstwhile Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko, contrary to the non-prosecution agreement entered into prior to his refund of N1.9billion may have contributed to his death.

Recall that Dikko died on Thursday as a result of complications arising from cancer at the age of of 61 years.

It was gathered that the refunded N1.9billion culminated to the relapse of the ailment which affected his health that had been stable for some time.

Dikko who was receiving treatment at a hospital in Abuja before his death, had a successful surgery abroad and was in stable condition until the EFCC reopened his case after he had refunded the sum of N1.9billion.

According to National Waves, Dikko’s health had deteriorated shortly after the EFCC made its intention public to prosecute him, contrary to the non-prosecution agreement entered into between the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the former customs boss.

‘Yes, Dikko had sought treatment abroad for his condition and was getting better until the EFCC came up with a matter that had been settled. I was in the hospital yesterday between 4 pm and 5 pm (Wednesday) and the doctor said he was improving and that if he made it to Sunday, we are good,”

.“He came back to Nigeria to recuperate two months ago but it (cancer) came back aggressive two weeks ago,” he added.

It was gathered that the funeral prayer for the deceased will take place today, (Friday) after Jumaat service at the national mosque, Abuja

It will be recalled that Dikko refunded N1.9 billion to the coffer of the federal government.

Dikko, who was the Customs’ Comptroller General between 2009 and 2015 refunded the said money to avoid being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

Details of the deal leading to the refund is contained in documents Dikko filed in court to back up the suit instituted against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In the suit, he queried the decision of the anti-graft agency to insist on prosecuting him on corruption charges after he was told to make refunds in lieu of prosecution.


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