HAVING spent only one and a half
years with the commission, a driver with the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC), Nasiru Isa, has been nabbed by operatives of the
anti-corruption commission alongside with others.
Isa, according to the EFCC’s Head,
Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement made available on Friday
to JOURNALIST, was arrested for offences bordering on criminal breach of trust,
attempted theft, conspiracy and impersonation.
The driver is said to be a member
of a criminal syndicate, which attempted to break into a property located at a
choice area of Garki in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, which was
sealed by the commission, with the intent of carting away goods suspected to be
proceeds of money laundering.
According to the statement, members
of the syndicate included a mobile police officer, Corporal Aliyu Ismaila;
Abubakar Jibrin, Abdulsalam Ado, Ibrahim Babangida; Reuben Dauda, Hassan Aliyu,
Sani Yusuf and Murtala Mohammed.
The said property, Uwujaren stated,
was currently under investigation by the agency and a subject of interest in
the aftermath of findings into the N3.9 billion fraud case involving a former
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd). The property
was also linked to the wife of the former CDS.
The statement added that
investigations conducted by operatives of the anti-graft commission revealed
that shortly after the property was sealed, some individuals moved about 12
bags believed to contain items linked to money laundering offence into the
“On August 30, 2016 operatives of
the EFCC, as part of monitoring activities on the sealed property, had gone to
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 revealed that one
of those in the know about the goods was the brain 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 staff with the EFCC, while Jibrin posed as an Intelligence Police
officer in the office of the Inspector General’s office,” Uwujaren stated in
He, however, disclosed that members
of the syndicate were caught on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 when they were caught
in the act of breaking into the property, having successfully overpowered the
security guard at the entrance of the property.