A statement on Friday by EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said the driver, who joined the Commission about 18 months ago, was a member of a criminal syndicate that attempted to break into a property sealed by the EFCC, with the intention of carting away goods suspected to be proceeds of money laundering. He added that the syndicate includes a mobile police man, Corporal Aliyu Ismaila, Abubakar Jibrin, Abdulsalam Ado, Ibrahim Babangida, Reuben Dauda, Hassan Aliyu, Sani Yusuf and Murtala Mohammed...
Uwujaren explained that: “Located in the choice area of Garki, Abuja, the property is currently under investigation by the agency, and became 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 (rtd).”
The statement stated that the property was also linked to the wife of the former CDS, adding that investigations showed that the suspects moved about 12 bags believed to contain items linked to money laundering offence into the property.
It said August 30 EFCC operatives as part of their 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.
He said a carpenter, Yakubu Muhammad, who was hired by the syndicate, was left behind and was subsequently arrested by the operatives.
The carpenter, said to be 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 is said to have revealed that one of those in the know about the goods was the brain behind the scheme to steal them.
Uwujaren said 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 of Police.
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