A Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja has on Monday, issued a warrant of arrest against Abdullahi Dikko, former Comptroller General (CG) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) over his continued refusal to appear in court in an alleged corruption trial.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu ordered the arrest after refusing to accept his lawyer’s plea that the defendant was ill and on admission in London. NAN had reported that Dikko and two others are being charged by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) before the court on corruption allegation.
Dikko’s lawyer, Solomon Akuma, SAN, who had previously undertaken to produce him in court, only presented a medical report before the court, in a bid to justify his absence from court on Monday.
Justice Ijeoma neglected the lawyer’s submission after she discovered that the medical report bearing the address; N6 Ahmed Musa Crescent, Jabi, Abuja, contradicted Akuma’s claim that Abdullahi Dikko was on admission in London.
The judge, however, ordered that Mr Abdullahi Dikko be arrested and brought to court at the next sitting on March 16.
However, Justice Ijeoma laid down a consideration which says that the arrest warrant would be set aside if it is proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is truly on admission in London.
The ICPC in 2019, charged Abdullahi Dikko and two others with inducing the Managing Director of Cambial Limited, Yemi Obadeyi, to pay the sum of N1,100, 952,380.96 into the account of Capital Law Office.
According to a report, the fund was called a refundable “completion security deposit” for the purchase of 120 units of duplexes as residential accommodation for officers of the NCS.
Abdullahi Dikko was Nigeria’s former Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs in charge of Finance, Administration and Technical Services, Garba Makarfi and a lawyer and promoter of Capital Law firm, Umar Hussaini, are the co-defendants in the criminal case.