Nigeria: Federal High Court bars EFCC from ex-customs boss trial


A Federal High Court sitting in Nigeria, Abuja has stopped the Economic and financial crime commission from trying ex-customs boss, Abdullahi Inde Dikko

The court ruling was based on the fact that there is an agreement between ex- custom boss, Dikko and the federal government that he will refund $8 million

The presiding judge said Dikko had continued to fulfil that promise for agreeing to refund the sum of $8 million to the federal government, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday, November 25, stopped the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from trying Abdullahi Inde Dikko, a former comptroller-general of Customs.

Dikko is facing issues of alleged financial infractions which he was claimed to have committed while heading the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS). The court, it was learnt, said the EFCC cannot prosecute Dikko because he has an agreement with the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) as well as the director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS) that he would refund $8 million. The Nation reports that the presiding judge ruled that the former Customs boss had kept his promise by refunding 1,576,000,000 and more to the federal government through the EFCC funds recovery account in the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The judge, therefore, insisted that Dikko should not be tried by the EFCC or any other anti-graft agency in the country over the same alleged crime.

Source: CRN

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