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Nigeria: EFCC Arrests KASUPDA Boss in Kaduna

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By Iliya Kure 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the Director General of Kaduna State Urban Planning Development Agency (KASUPDA) Malam Ismail Umaru Dikko, Daily Trust Newspaper reports.

According to the paper Officers of the EFCC on Monday stormed the headquarters of Kaduna State Urban Planning Development Agency (KASUPDA) and whisked away with the boss.

There is no clear reason for the arrest, but information has it that Mr. Dikko had been invited several times by EFCC, but has not honoured any of the calls.

The DG was reported to be in a meeting with his staff when officials of the EFCC took over the office premises a few minutes after 10am.

In 2019, Dikko was a Special Assistant to Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, but was later appointed to head the urban development agency.

KASUPDA is the most feared agency by residents of Kaduna, due to its activeness in demolition of properties across the state.

According to Daily Trust, there was some commotion before the DG entered a black hilux Toyota vehicle of the EFCC.

Sources said two EFCC officials in suit, with two police officers with rifles had accompanied the KASUPDA boss into the vehicle.

The source said the staff at KASUPDA had earlier tried to stop the EFCC from leaving with the DG and security at the gate had prevented the car from exiting.

However, the DG had asked the security to open the gate.

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