- The Federal High Court in Abuja has taken a punitive measure against Abdullahi Inde Dikko, a former customs boss
- This came after Dikko failed to appear in court for trial which was supposed to take place on Monday, February 17
- However, Dikko's lawyer, Solomon Akuma (SAN), claimed that his client is presently ill
The arrest of the former comptroller general of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Abdullahi Inde Dikko, has been approved by the Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu.
The decision, according to Justice Ojukwu, was due to the fact that Dikko failed to present himself in court as promised by his lawyer, Solomon Akuma (SAN), The Nation reports.
Although Akuma claimed that his client's absence at the court was because of his ill health, the court claimed that Dikko's address (No: N6 Amhed Musa Crescent Jabi, Abuja) as presented by the lawyer contradicts the fact that he is presently in a hospital in London.
The judge, therefore, declared that the former NCS boss must be present at the court on Monday, March 16, which is the next date for the hearing of the case.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that 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 Dikko.
Dikko is facing issues of alleged financial infractions which he was claimed to have committed while heading the 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 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.
Dikko was billed to face arraignment at a Federal High Court in Abuja with two others for allegedly stealing over N1 billion.
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