A pressure group, Dialogue House, yesterday, rose in defence of Customs Comptroller-General, Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko Inde, over his summon by the House of Representatives to answer questions relating to 2007-2012 remittances to the federation account.
President of the group, Mahdi Shehu, said in a statement issued in Kaduna on behalf of Friends of Dikko: “The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Dikko, is a well known respecter of constituted authorities and he holds the House of Representatives and other institutions of government in a very high esteem.
“Therefore the report that he shunned six invitations of the House Committee on Public Accounts to answer questions relating to the 2007 – 2010 remittances to the federation account, could not have been correct.
“By his well acknowledged unprecedented achievements at the helm of the Nigeria Customs Service, Dikko has become the proverbial gold fish who has no hiding place, and who has absolutely no reason to hide or shy away from discharging his statutory responsibilities.
“It is on record that since his appointment as CG of the NCS in 2009, Dikko has in very decisive ways contributed to the overall growth of the Nigerian economy by maximising revenue collections and facilitating trade and commerce through such noble innovative products as the Trade Hub Portal, Single Window, etc.
“It is a well known fact that Dikko’s strategic position as Vice-President of Confederation of West and Central African Comptrollers-General of Customs as well as his unprecedented achievements at the helm of the Nigeria Customs Service have brought a lot of honour to Nigeria, with the result being higher respect and courtesy accorded Nigerian citizens by the customs services of various countries around the world”.
“When last week it became necessary for him to travel to Ghana on one of such assignments, the CG, as a sign of courtesy and respect for the National Assembly, sent a worthy representative in the person of Deputy Comptroller General of Customs A. J. Atte.