Why Customs’ embattled boss resigned

By Amako Nneji August 17, 2015 14:04

Why Customs’ embattled boss resigned

The Nigerian Customs Service has confirmed the August 18, 2015 resignation date of the Comptroller General Inde Dikko Abdullahi, adding that the embattled Customs boss decided to resign voluntarily.

Public Relation Officer, PRO, Wale Adeniyi told Post Nigeria on Monday that Abdullahi had already tendered his resignation letter without reasons.

    “Dikko Abdullahi has already tendered his resignation letter. He will be resigning on the August 18, 2015.

    “His resignation is voluntary; in fact he has voluntary resigned,’’ the PRO said.

Sahara Reporters last week reported that Dikko’s tenure was due to run for the next two years, but he decided to resign suddenly following reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had decided to fire and arrest several top Customs officers who are currently being investigated for corruption.

Buhari had earlier turned down the resignation letter, asking Abdullahi to give him time to study the Customs and its operations, but he has now accepted the resignation.

Abdullahi hails from Musawa Local Government Area, Katsina State, like the President and several reports abound of his under the radar visit to Buhari just before the May 29 inauguration ceremony.

Dikko was allegedly trying to inform Buhari about the situation at all Nigeria’s borders, seaport and the airports, but was turned away by his kinsman who described the visit as unhealthy, unethical and disloyal to a Government he was still serving.

The President also rejected Abdullahi’s gift items.

The Presidential Spokesman Garba Shehu who was then the Director of Media and Publicity of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in a statement had dismissed the report as fictional and uncharitable.

According to the statement, no such incident took place on April 15 as reported by some online newspapers.

    “It was a false and an inaccurate presentation of the facts of what transpired when some government officials visited the President-elect at his country home.

    “It is totally out of General Buhari’s character to ask his visitors out,” he had stated.

    Speaking on why the Abdullahi decided to throw in the towel before the expiration of his tenure, the Customs PRO stated that clearer details would be provided after August 18.