Trouble seems to be knocking on the door of the former Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko.
In a replay of the last few weeks that has seen the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) putting many prominent Nigerians behind bars for their roles in milking the nation dry through phoney circumstances, security operatives in two loaded trucks on Friday, visited the house of former Comptroller General on Ahmed Musa Street, Jabi, Abuja.
It would be recalled that Dikko who is from Katsina State became Comptroller General of Customs on August 17, 2009, resigned his appointment in August, 2015, four months into President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
It was gathered that stern looking mobile policemen and officials of the EFCC arrived the house of the former Customs boss in Toyota Hiace trucks with registration numbers RSH 555 AB and BWA 645 GA to search the house.
However, he was said to be out of the country at the time of the visit by the anti graft agency.
The family members of the former Customs boss are currently prevented from leaving the house as no one is allowed to enter either.
The reason for the search of Dikko’s residence by security operatives is yet unknown, although it may not be unconnected with his activities during the over six years when he held sway as the boss of the revenue agency of the government.
An armed police at the house was quoted as saying that they were deployed to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order.
Mohammed Usman, a relative to the former Customs boss, reportedy said that the EFCC operatives arrived at the residence at about 7 a.m.
According to him, about seven operatives searched different sections of the property for documents.
“A team of about seven operatives of the EFCC in company with some armed policemen arrived at the residence at about 7am and have been in the house for the past five hours.
“From the information available to me, no search warrant was presented before the commencement of the search.
“As I speak to you, about (12 pm) they are currently in my uncle’s bedroom carrying out the search in his absence,” he said.
Usman faulted the search on the ground that the operation was being carried out in the absence of the former Comptroller General.
“The only people in the house at the commencement of this search and even till now are his children who are below the ages of 18,” he said.
When contacted, Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC Spokesman said that he had not been informed of the search on the former Comptroller General’s residence.
President Buhari had on several fora stated that anyone found to have corruptly enriched himself, no matter how highly placed, would not be spared the hammer of the government.
Only two day ago (Wednesday) his close associate and former Military Governor of Kaduna State, Major General Lawal Jafaru Isa (rtd) was arraigned by EFCC for staining his hands with Dasukigate.
Aside a close confidant of the President, Isa is also a member of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), having contested Kaduna State governorship election 2010 on the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), one of the legacy parties of APC.
The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, had given the indication on Wednesday that the commission would arrest more prominent Nigerians for corruption in the weeks ahead.