Cybercrime: EFCC Clarifies Clash with Air Force Personnel
The EFCC clarified the altercation that occurred between its agents and members of the Nigerian Air Force in Kaduna.
In response to reliable information regarding their purported online fraud activities, agents of the EFCC’s Kaduna Zonal Command apprehended five suspects on Monday, November 13, 2023, at a residential inn and Disney Chicken Eatery in Barnawa, Kaduna, according to a statement released by the commission in Abuja.
It listed the suspected internet fraudsters to include Favour Itung, Rachael Ande, Zuleiman Haruna, Abubakar Ismaila, and Solomon Olobatoke, who were arrested without incident.
“However, after the sting operation, six military personnel, who witnessed the operation at Disney Chicken Eatery, stormed the Kaduna Command and attempted to forcibly release the arrested fraud suspects. They were subdued and detained over the security breach.
“The intruders are four Air Force personnel, Lawal Abdullahi, Chukwuma Chidi Christian, Alfa Suleiman, and Emmanuel Ekwozor, and two students of the Nigerian Air Force Institute of Technology, AFIT, Chidera Anuba and Joseph Tokula,” it said.
The statement, signed by the spokesman of the commission, Dele Oyewale, said that while in detention, there were inter-agency communication and discussions by the leadership of the EFCC and the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to resolve the issues.
“Unfortunately, dialogue on the release of the combative Air Force personnel broke down on Friday, November 17, 2023, when some unruly NAF officers stormed the Kaduna Command in commando-style to forcefully release their detained colleagues.
“The EFCC exercised restraint in the face of the provocation and flagrant abuse of power. The commission continued to engage with the leadership of the Nigeria Air Force and released the officers to the NAF provost after they had been duly profiled.
“The EFCC wishes to assure the public that it will continue to carry out its statutory mandate of tackling all cases of economic and financial crimes without let or hindrance,” it said.