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Just In: Former Customs Boss, Abdullahi Dikko Is Dead



The immediate past Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko is dead.

Naija News gathered the former Customs boss who hails from Katsina State, died in Abuja on Thursday at the age of 60 after a protracted sickness.

Dikko was the Customs Comptroller-General between 2009 and 2015.

Prior to his death, he was the subject of investigation for alleged financial mismanagement by both the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) – two frontline anti-graft agencies in Nigeria.

However, his ill health made it difficult for him to be tried but his house estimated to be worth about N1.1bn as well as cars worth hundreds of millions of naira were seized by the EFCC under the leadership of former acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

Meanwhile, the Sokoto State House of Assembly has approved a bill to establish a Hisbah commission in the state.

The move follows the approval of the report of the House Committee on Religious Affairs and Human Rights Aid during its session on Thursday.

NAN quoted Hon Abubakar Yabo, chairman of the committee, as saying that they had to seek advice from stakeholders before reaching a decision.

The bill was approved by a majority of lawmakers after casting their ballots.

The Hisbah Corps, which operates under the jurisdiction of a Hisbah Board composed of government officials, secular police officers, and religious leaders, is highly decentralized with local units supervised by committees composed of officials and citizens in the communities in which they operate.

Earlier this week, Naija News reported that operatives of the Kano State Police Command caught a Hisbah police official Sani Rimo with a married woman in Downtown Hotel in Sabon Gari area of Kano metropolis on Monday night.

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