The Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
(EFCC) in Borno state; said that it has arrested two of her personnel with a girlfriend in Maiduguri.
The arrested suspects, according to EFCC Zonal Head in Maiduguri, Ado Aliyu; include, Detective Assistant Habila Dungji Buba and his girlfriend, Keron Ayuba Lapips , an undergraduate of the university of Maiduguri (UNIMAID).
Aliyu disclosed this on Wednesday in Maiduguri, while briefing journalists on the arrest of Bashir Muhammad, a police sergeant deployed to EFCC office over alleged theft of a case file to scuttle justice in a court of law.
He said the suspects are currently at the EFCC detention facility awaiting prosecution after thorough investigation is concluded.
According to him, the zonal office has secured two convictions including many recoveries in January this year. He further disclosed that; “Internal checks have also been weeding out the bad eggs within the Commission’s personnel and our supporting staff.”
While narrating how the suspects were arrested, Aliyu said: “On Friday, January 19, 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. The alleged imposter promised to avail him with the original casefile on condition for payment of an amount of money.
“The commission then detailed a team of operatives to investigate the matter. During investigation, a Staff of the Commission, one Detective Assistant Habila Dungji Buba and his girlfriend, Keron Ayuba Lapips, an undergraduate of the University of Maiduguri were arrested while trying to make an exchange of the said case file reported in the matter.”
Aliyu continued: “The said Detective Assistant then revealed to the team of investigators that; 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.”
He said investigation into the matter is still ongoing and more facts are expected soon. He urged the public to report any of its officer, demands for anything by any Person(s) regarding information on its cases as means of interfering with the investigation.
“The fight against corruption is a collective responsibility, as everybody is a partner. Let’s join hands and fight corruption,” declared Aliyu.