The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday said it recovered 17 exotic vehicles in a warehouse of a former Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko Inde, located at Nnamdi Azikwe Street, Kaduna State.
This is according to the statement issued by the Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, as he said the vehicles were retrieved after the commission got intelligence report on the ex-Customs chief.
The warehouse according to the statement has been sealed off pending further investigation.
“The recovery was 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,” the statement reads
“Upon receipt of the intelligence, a team of operatives from the Kano Zonal Office of the EFCC was deployed to carry out the investigation on the matter.
“On arrival at the location, two individuals who were identified to be the custodians of the property – Dantala Mohammed and Ahmed Balarabe – were presented with a search warrant.
“In the course of the search, a total of 17 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.
“The two suspects arrested are in custody assisting the EFCC in investigation.”
The particulars of the vehicles recovered include:
- Black colour BMW 525i series, 2010 model with chassis number WBAFR7108BC262936.
- Ash colour Hyundai Velester, 2012 model with chassis number KMHTC6AD4CU056038.
- Dark Blue BMW 325i, 2003 model with chassis number WBAEV31090KL48386.
- Black colour Land Cruiser Prado Jeep, 2014 model with chassis number JTEBU3FJ50K082080.
- Black colour Mercedes G wagon, 2013 model with chassis number WDB4632361X207661.
- Black colour BMW 335i series, 2012 model with chassis number WBA3A91040F268895.
- Silver colour Peugeot 406, 2002 model with chassis number VF3BBRFNR81519018.
- Black colour Land Cruiser Prado Jeep, 2014 model with chassis number JTEBU3FJ10K082352.
- Yellow colour Toyota FJ Jeep, 2007 model with chassis number JTEZU11F68K001301.
- Black Toyota Avensis, 2013 model with chassis number SBIBL76L20E037245.
- Dark ash colour KIA Cadenza, 2011 model with chassis number KNALN414BC5093288.
- Silver colour Porsche Cayene, 2009 model with chassis number WPIZZZ9PZ9LA12738.
- Golden colour Honda Accord, 2013 model with chassis number IHGCR2634DA620609.
- White colour Nissan Urban Bus, 2006 model JNITF4E25Z0715833
- White colour Nissan Urban Bus, 1996 model with chassis number JTFJXO29P605023996.
- White Toyota Hiace Bus, 2010 model with chassis number JTGJXO2P4B5020268.
- White Nissan Bus, 2009 model with chassis number JNITA4E250011697.
EFCC quizzed Dikko on June 16, 2016 over alleged N42billion fraud but could not detain him due to his alleged frail health.
The EFCC also traced how about N2.6billion was withdrawn from Customs coffers and remitted into the accounts of some companies floated by a former Assistant Comptroller General of Customs who served under Dikko.