FOR failing to appear before the court, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court (FHC) on Monday issued a warrant of arrest for Abdullahi Inde Dikko, former Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
The court blamed Dikko over his continued failure to attend court to answer to a charge of fraud brought against him and two others by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).
The presiding judge was amazed that Dikko failed again to appear despite an undertaken made by Solomon Akuma (SAN), his lawyer to ensure his appearance on the last adjourned date.
But Akuma showed up in court only to present a medical report, claiming Dikko was critically ill and on admission in London.
According to the judge, Dikko’s address, as shown on the medical report No: N6 Ahmed Musa Crescent Jabi, Abuja – did not support his lawyer’s claim, that Dikko was on admission in a London hospital.
But Judge Ojukwu said, should the prosecution, in executing the bench warrant discovers that Dikko is actually on admission in a London hospital, the execution shall be suspended.
On the contrary, the prosecution should arrest Dikko and produce him in court on March 16, 2020 which is the next adjourned date for arraignment.
In the charge marked: “FHC/ABJ/CR/21/2019, Dikko is named with two others – a former Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs in charge of Finance, Administration and Technical Services, Garba Makarfi and Umar Hussaini, a lawyer and owner of Capital Law firm – as defendants.
Dikko, Makarfi and Hussaini are, among others, accused of inducing the Managing Director of Cambial Limited, Yemi Obadeyi, to pay N1.1 billion (N1,100, 952,380.96) into the account of Capital Law Office as a refundable “completion security deposit” for the purchase of 120 units of duplexes as residential accommodation for officers of the Nigeria Customs Service.
Hussaini was said to have distributed the money into various bank accounts and for his part in the deal, he was rewarded with the sum of $3 million.