EFCC Recovers 17 Vehicles From Ex-Customs Boss
Kaduna state seems to be the hiding haven for stolen or illegally acquired loots,just last week Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) recovered 9.8 million US Dollars and another 74 thousand Pound Sterling in a building in Kaduna belonging to a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu’
This week the EFCC, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 recovered seventeen exotic vehicles in a warehouse belonging to a former Comptroller-General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko Inde, located at Nnamdi Azikwe Street, Kaduna.
Inde was appointed as Controller-General of Nigerian Customs Service on 26 August 2009.but voluntarily resigns Dikko.
He sent a Notification for Retirement dated August 3, 2015 to President Muhammadu Buhari. The president accepted the resignation on August 14. there have been series of certificate forgery against the Inde,even while in office.
Before now Inde,investigation reveals is being grilled over the source of the funds with which he acquired the palatial mansion located at 1, Audu Ogbe Street, Jabi Abuja valued at over N2bn.
There is also a further allegation that he diverted over N40bn from Customs coffers. The funds were allegedly drawn from proceeds of the 7% cost of collection and 1% comprehensive import supervision scheme,” a source disclosed.
The recovery was however sequel to an intelligence report the Commission received that stolen money and properties suspected to be proceeds of crime were being warehoused at the former custom boss’ premises.
Upon receipt of the intelligence, a team of operatives from the Kano Zonal Office of the EFCC were deployed to carry out the investigation on the matter.
According to EFCC,, two individuals who were identified to be the custodians of the property – Dantala Mohammed and Ahmed Balarabe were presented with a search warrant on arrival at the location. In the course of the search, a total of seventeen vehicles among which are brand new cars, shuttle busses and SUVs were found in the premises.
Consequently, the vehicles and the two individuals were conveyed to the Commission’s zonal offices in Kaduna and Kano respectively. Investigation revealed that the warehouse in question actually belongs to the former customs boss.
Particulars of the vehicles recovered include:
i. Black colour BMW 525i series, 2010 model with chassis number WBAFR7108BC262936.
ii. Ash colour Hyundai Velester, 2012 model with chassis number KMHTC6AD4CU056038.
iii. Dark Blue BMW 325i, 2003 model with chassis number WBAEV31090KL48386.
iv. Black colour Land Cruiser Prado Jeep, 2014 model with chassis number JTEBU3FJ50K082080.
v. Black colour Mercedes G wagon, 2013 model with chassis number WDB4632361X207661.
vi. Black colour BMW 335i series, 2012 model with chassis number WBA3A91040F268895.
vii. Silver colour Peugeot 406, 2002 model with chassis number VF3BBRFNR81519018.
viii. Black colour Land Cruiser Prado Jeep, 2014 model with chassis number JTEBU3FJ10K082352.
ix. Yellow colour Toyota FJ Jeep, 2007 model with chassis number JTEZU11F68K001301.
x. Black Toyota Avensis, 2013 model with chassis number SBIBL76L20E037245.
xi. Dark ash colour KIA Cadenza, 2011 model with chassis number KNALN414BC5093288.
xii. Silver colour Porsche Cayene, 2009 model with chassis number WPIZZZ9PZ9LA12738.
xiii. Golden colour Honda Accord, 2013 model with chassis number IHGCR2634DA620609.
xiv. White colour Nissan Urban Bus, 2006 model JNITF4E25Z0715833.
xv. White colour Nissan Urban Bus, 1996 model with chassis number JTFJXO29P605023996.
xvi. White Toyota Hiace Bus, 2010 model with chassis number JTGJXO2P4B5020268.
xvii. White Nissan Bus, 2009 model with chassis number JNITA4E250011697.
The two suspects arrested are in custody assisting the EFCC in investigation.