Tension as EFCC suffers brutal setback

By Sanni Muhammed January 30, 2016 12:45

Tension as EFCC suffers brutal setback

As President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against corruption assumes a geometric progression, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has confirmed that one of its operatives has been conspiring with top military officials currently under probe.

This is coming against allegations that the former chairman of the anti-graft agency, Ibrahim lamorde diverted loots amounting to N1 trillion, recovered from a former governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and former Inspector-General of Police, Tafa Balogun.

The alleged fraud is dated back to Lamorde’s days as the director of operations of the EFCC (2003-2007), and as acting chairman of the commission between June 2007 and May 2008.

Confirming insinuations that corruption is also deep rooted within the anti-graft agency, the commissions’ Head, Media & Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren in a statement received by Post-Nigeria stated that one of its officials have been arrested for collecting kickbacks from military officials currently undergoing prosecution over their involvement in the alleged diversion of $2.1 billion arms deal.

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“An operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrahman Mohammed Biu, deputy detective superintendent, DDS, has been arrested for offences bordering on extortion, influence peddling and impersonation.

“The officer was arrested on Monday January 25, 2016 following intelligence report alleging that he extorted a whopping sum of $150,000 from some Military officers on the pretext that he would help give them a soft landing in the ongoing investigation into the arms deal scandal.

“Upon his arrest, a search was executed on his residence in Abuja where the following items were recovered: $20,000 cash, N500, 000 cash, two police uniforms bearing his name with the ranks of Deputy Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, Police warrant card No: 27/2014 with the rank of DSP allegedly obtained from Kano Constabulary office, documents relating to military arms investigation and account information of several senior military officers.

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“A search of his car parked in the premises yielded the following items: unbranded pistol with a magazine and ten live ammunitions.

“His modus operandi includes dropping the names of ranking officers of the Commission, claiming he was acting on their behalf. A paper containing seven of such names was recovered in his house. The suspect has made useful statement, while investigation continues.” Uwujaren stated.

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