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EFCC Staff Arrested For Demanding Bribe Through His Girlfriend

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, zonal office in
Maiduguri have arrested two of its operatives for corrupt practices.

The two yet to be arraigned is being investigated for demanding for money to facilitate a case where they had special interests.

A
statement from the spokesman of the Commission Jemilu Sale said that
under the leadership of its Chief Executive Ibrahim Magu whose zero
tolerance for corruption and continual drive to fight corruption both
internally and externally they have been recording success in their
operations by ensuring that such rotten eggs are thrown away.

He
noted that “this zone has secured two convictions and made several
recoveries in this month of January 2018 alone adding that Internal
checks have also been weeding out the bad ones amongst its staff.”

He
went on “On Friday the 19th of January, 2017, this zonal office got
information from one of its suspects under investigation that someone
posing as a staff of the Commission intimated him on phone about a case
under investigation involving him in which the alleged imposter promised
to avail him with the original case file on the condition for payment
of an amount of money.

“The Commission then detailed a team of
operatives to investigate the matter. During the investigation, a staff
of the Commission one Detective Assistant Habila Dungji Buba and his
girlfriend Keron Ayuba Lapips were arrested while trying to make an
exchange of the said case file reported in the matter.

“The said
Detective Assistant then revealed to the team of investigators one Sgt.
Bashir Muhammad a police officer attached to the Maiduguri zonal office,
as the person who gave him the said case file and also guided him on
how to carry out the exchange successfully, on the grounds of helping
him secure money to buy a car for which he had earlier informed the said
Sergeant of his need and also of his financial incapacity.”

The
release noted that the Investigation into the matter is still ongoing
with a view to unveiling more facts on how they intended to finalize the
corrupt acts even as servants in the temple of anti-corruption.

The
spokesman urged the public to report to any of its offices, demands
anything by any person(s) regarding information on its cases as a means
of interfering with the investigation stressing that victims should
report any corrupt practices perpetrated by individuals or
organisations.

No date has been fixed for arraignment as the investigation is still ongoing.

“The
fight against corruption is a collective responsibility, everybody is a
partner. Let’s join hands and fight corruption,” he concluded.

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Tony Orji

Dr. Tony Orji is the founder and owner of Success Tonics Blog. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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