Former Customs CG, Abdullahi Dikko Is Dead
Late Abdullahi Dikko.

Former Customs CG, Abdullahi Dikko is dead.


NewsOne Nigeria reports that a former comptroller-general of the Nigeria customs service (NCS), Abdullahi Dikko is dead. He died on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

It was learned that Dikko had been battling a terminal ailment, and doctors advised that he should not be flown abroad because he might not survive.


Late Dikko was appointed the NCS CG in 2009 by the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, but had tendered his resignation to President Muhammadu Buhari in August 2015, stating that he wanted to leave office with his head held high.

“The time I’m leaving is the time I feel those young ones that have developed the software can come up and manage the software,” he had told reporters after his resignation.


“So, I’m sending out this signal to all those who have stayed put. Don’t stay until they ask you to go. When you feel you have done so much and you believe in the system you have built, then why do you stay? Why not leave and watch and advise?”



The former Customs CG was standing trial over allegations of corruption before his death. He was being prosecuted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) alongside Garba Makarfi, former assistant comptroller-general of customs in charge of finance, administration and technical services, and Umar Hussaini, a lawyer.

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