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Nigeria's anti-graft outfit seizes 17 luxury vehicles from ex-Customs chief

Nigeria's anti-graft outfit seizes 17 luxury vehicles from ex-Customs chief

Nigeria

Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday announced the seizure of 17 posh vehicles from a former top civil servant.

According to the anti-graft outfit, the vehicles were retrieved from a warehouse of the former head of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko Inde. He was Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs Service from August 2009 to August 2015.

‘‘The recovery was sequel to an intelligence the commission received that stolen money and properties suspected to be proceeds of crime were being stored in the warehouse,’‘ the EFCC said in an official statement.

The recovery was sequel to an intelligence the commission received that stolen money and properties suspected to be proceeds of crime were being stored in the warehouse

The fleet consisted of brand new cars, among others shuttle buses and Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs). The brands included Mercedes Benz, Nissan, Peugeot, BMWs, G-Wagon, Landcruiser Prado Jeep, Kia and Hyundai.

Incidentally, the warehouse is located in Kaduna where a couple of weeks back the EFCC seized over $9 million cash belonging to a former national oil chief. Kaduna is located in the country’s north – a state also reputed for kidnappings.

The EFCC said two persons who were manning the warehouse have been taken into custody whiles investigations continue.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, has long suffered from corruption which incumbent Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to fight. Buhari came to power with promises of fighting corruption, combating the Boko Haram insurgency and fixing the economy.

On the corruption fight front, several officials of the former administration have been arrested and arraigned before the courts. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party have tagged the prosecutions as political witch hunt.

Nigeria’s economy suffered for the better part of last year due to falling commodity prices and militant attacks on oil installations. The country also slipped into recession and the government continues to roll out plans to revamp the economy.

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