The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, recorded another major breakthrough in the anti-corruption campaign on Wednesday, with the discovery of 17 exotic vehicles in a warehouse belonging to the former Comptroller-General, CG of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko-Inde, located at Nnamdi Azikwe Street, Kaduna.
Spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwajuren, in a press release said that the discovery was based on an intelligence report that properties suspected to be proceeds of crime were being warehoused at the former custom boss’ premises.
“Upon receipt of the intelligence, a team of operatives from the Kano Zonal Office of the EFCC were deployed to carry out the investigation on the matter,” Uwajuren stated.
The EFCC spokesman stated further: “In the course of the search, a total of seventeen vehicles among which are brand new cars, shuttle busses and SUVs were found in the premises.
“Consequently, the vehicles and the two individuals were conveyed to the Commission’s zonal offices in Kaduna and Kano respectively.
“Investigation revealed that the warehouse in question actually belongs to the former customs boss.”
Uwajuren listed the vehicles to include: a Black colour 2010 model BMW 525i series; Ash colour 2012 model Hyundai Velester; Dark Blue 2003 model BMW 325i; Black colour 2014 model Land Cruiser Prado Jeep; Black colour 2013 model Mercedes G wagon and a Black colour 2012 model BMW 335i series.
Others include a Silver colour 2002 model Peugeot 406; another Black colour 2014 model Land Cruiser Prado Jeep; a Yellow colour 2007 model Toyota FJ Jeep; a Black 2013 model Toyota Avenss; a Dark ash colour 2011 model KIA Cadenza; and a Silver colour 2009 model Porsche Cayene.
Also recovered at the ex-Customs boss’ warehouse were: a Golden colour 2013 model Honda Accord; a White colour 2006 model Nissan Urban Bus, a White colour 1996 model Nissan Urban Bus; a White 2010 model Toyota Hiace Bus, and a White 2009 model Nissan Bus.
Uwajuren also stated that two suspects, Dantala Mohammed and Ahmed Balarabe, who were arrested at the warehouse, are still in custody assisting the EFCC in its investigation.
Below are pictures of some of the cars recovered by the EFCC.
Wednesday’s discovery comes less than two weeks after another huge discovery of over $9 million dollars and 75,000 pounds, allegedly belonging to former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Andrew Yakubu, were recovered by the anti-corruption agency.
The loot which a court has since ordered to be forfeited to the federal government was recovered from a house in Kaduna which is owned by the ex-NNPC boss.
However, Yakubu has filed a counter charge demanding that the forfeiture order be reversed.