Co-defendant's ill-health stalls ex-Custom's boss, Dikko's arraignment | Ripples Nigeria

Co-defendant’s ill-health stalls ex-Custom’s boss, Dikko’s arraignment

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The planned arraignment of a former Comptroller of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko, was on Monday adjourned till May 9 by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja over the ill health of a co-defendant, Garba Markarfi.

Makarfi was a former Assistant Comptroller General of Customs in charge of finance.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, had planned the arraignment of Dikko, Makarfi and one Umar Husseini before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu on Monday, March, 25.

The ICPC is accusing the suspects of defrauding the Managing Director of Cambial Limited, Yemi Obadeyi of N1.1 billion.

According to a statement on Monday ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, the defendants were charged with 10 counts bordering on abuse of office.

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The statement further noted that the defendants acted contrary to sections 19, 26 (1) (c) and 25 (1) (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, and were liable to punishment under relevant sections of the same Act.

“ICPC counsel, E. A. Shogunle, did not oppose the application for adjournment but informed the court that the 3rd defendant, Husseini, had been served personally but was excused from attending court because he was helping the prosecution to have Dikko served”, the ICPC statement said.

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