- Nigeria is mourning the death of a former comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Abdullahi Dikko
- Dikko has kept a low profile since he left office in 2015
- The current administration had accused the customs boss of graft
An emerging report has stated that Abdullahi Dikko, the immediate past comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is dead.
The Punch reported that the former customs boss died after an undisclosed protracted illness.
Dikko, an indigene from Katsina state, served as comptroller-general of the customs service from 2009 to 2015.
The Nation stated that Dikko's death was confirmed by a member of the Association of the Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), who does not want to be named.
His death was also confirmed by the customs service in a statement via Facebook.
Legit.ng recalls that the ex-customs boss was facing charges of alleged corruption from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFCC alleged that the late retired customs officer alongside two others, Garba Makarfi and Umar Husseini, had defrauded a managing director of N1.1 billion.
A federal high court in Abuja had issued a warrant of arrest against Dikko for allegedly consistently failing to show up for trial.
In another news, the customs service has announced its readiness to release the names of successful candidates for final screening in the ongoing recruitment exercise.
Legit.ng reports that following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic early this year, the NCS recruitment exercise was suspended after the aptitude test.
In a statement issued on Thursday, February 11, and signed by the public relations officer of the NCS, DC, Joseph Attah,
The spokesperson stated that that the delay had caused anxiety for the applicants, parents/guardians and indeed some members of the public who even went into overdrive with various allegations that tended to question the integrity of the exercise.
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