The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested one of its drivers, Nasiru Isa, and a police officer for allegedly burgling one of the sealed houses of former Chief of defence staff, Alex Badeh,
Who is currently facing trial for allegedly embezzling funds meant for the procurement of arms for the prosecution of the war against Boko Haram. He is also been tried for embezzling funds meant for the air force.
In a statement released yesterday September 7th, EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said the agency’s driver was part of a robbery syndicate that consist of a police man, Aliyu Ismaila, that specialised in breaking into properties sealed off by the anti-graft agency. Other members of the robbery gang are Abubakar Jibrin, Abdulsalam Ado, Ibrahim Babangida, Reuben Dauda, Hassan Aliyu, Sani Yusuf and Murtala Mohammed.
“On August 30, 2016, operatives of the EFCC, as part of monitoring activities on the sealed property, had gone to the site to execute a search. However, members of the syndicate took to their heels on sighting the operatives of the anti-graft agency. A carpenter, Yakubu Muhammad, who was hired by the syndicate, was left behind and was subsequently arrested by the operatives. The carpenter, who has been cooperating with operatives, confessed that he was not in the know of the illicit activity, as he was only brought in by the syndicate to assist with the use of his carpentry tools to break into the property.”
Investigations by the antigraft agency showed that some yet to be identified persons moved about 12 bags believed to contain items linked to money laundering into the property after it was sealed off.
“Investigations revealed that one of those in the know about the goods was the brains behind the scheming to steal them. The syndicate decided they would need to subdue the security man at the property, which would mean they would need to involve security personnel in the syndicate. Subsequently, Isa was contacted. To further beef up the security aspect of the crime, he also contacted his friend, Ismaila, who came for the ‘operation’ fully armed. In perpetrating the crime, Dauda had posed to be a senior official of the EFCC, while Jibrin posed as an Intelligence police officer in the inspector-general’s office. However, on August 30, 2016, they were caught in the act of breaking into the property, having successfully overpowered the security guard at the entrance of the property.”
Recall that in July, some police officers were arraigned in court for burgling one of the Abuja residences of former President Goodluck Jonathan.