- The N1.1bn fraud charge against a former boss of Customs, Abdullahi Inde Dikko, has been withdrawn
- The charge was made against Dikko by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC)
- Following this, a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, June 3, dismissed the charge
The N1.1 billion fraud charge made against the former comptroller general of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Abdullahi Inde Dikko, has been dismissed.
The charge against Dikko, made by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), was voided by the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, June 3, The Nation reports.
The ruling of the court delivered by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu came after the ICPC's lawyer, E. A. Sogunle, filed an oral application to withdraw the charge under Section 108 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015.
In his submission, Sogunle informed the court that the commission has been unable to arrest the former NCS chief and make him appear for trial.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the arrest of Dikko had been approved by the Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice 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.
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.
In another post, 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 was 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 had 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.
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