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How We Arrested Internet Fraud Suspects, Resisted NAF Officers’ Invasion – EFCC

Hours after the clash, the commission said some "unruly NAF Officers" stormed the Kaduna command "in a commando- style", to forcefully release their detained colleagues.


Nigerian Air Force personnel storm the EFCC office in Kaduna State on Friday, November 17, 2023.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has offered some insight into the fracas that transpired between its security operatives and Nigerian Air Force (NAF) personnel at its Kaduna State Zonal Command on Friday.

Hours after the clash, the commission, in a statement by its Head, Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, said some “unruly NAF Officers” stormed the Kaduna command “in a commando- style”, to forcefully release their detained colleagues.

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 “Operatives of the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, November 13, 2023 arrested five suspects at a residential Inn and Disney Chicken Eatery, Barnawa, Kaduna following credible intelligence about their alleged internet-related fraud activities,” the statement said.

“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.”

See the full statement below:

Facts of the Face-off Between EFCC and NAF Officers in Kaduna

Operatives of the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, November 13, 2023 arrested five suspects at a residential Inn and Disney Chicken Eatery, Barnawa, Kaduna following credible intelligence about their alleged internet- related fraud activities. 

The suspected fraudsters: Favour Itung, Rachael Ande, Zuleiman Haruna, Abubakar Ismaila and Solomon Olobatoke, 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 Nigerian Air Force Institute of Technology, AFIT: Chidera Anuba and Joseph Tokula.

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 a 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.

Dele Oyewale
Head, Media & Publicity

November 17, 2023.