The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday ordered the arrest of a former Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu issued the bench warrant against him following his continued failure to appear in court in respect of the corruption charges instituted against him and two others by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission
The judge refused to accept his lawyer’s explanation that the defendant was ill and on admission in London.
Dikko’s lawyer, Solomon Akuma (SAN), who had previously undertaken to produce him in court, only presented a medical report before the court on Monday.
The judge said the medical report bearing the address, No. 6 Ahmed Musa Crescent Jabi, Abuja, contradicted Akuma’s claim that the defendant was on admission in London.
She therefore ordered the prosecution to arrest and produce Dikko in court at the next sitting on March 16, 2020.
She, however, added that if the prosecution, in its bid to execute the arrest warrant, discovered that the defendant was on admission in London, the arrest warrant would be set aside.
The ICPC had in 2019 charged 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.
The fund was described as a refundable “completion security deposit” for the purchase of 120 units of duplexes as residential accommodation for officers of the Nigeria Customs Service
Dikko, a 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.