A driver with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nasiru Isa has been arrested by the anti-graft agency for his involvement in a robbery attempt on former chief of defence staff Alex Badeh’s properties in Abuja.
The property which was sealed off by EFCC since January 2016 due to allegations that Badeh diverted funds meant for the military into his personal pocket was burgled in August but one of the suspects, a carpenter Yakubu Muhammad could not escape. He was arrested and later led operatives to the other members of his gang.
Other members of the gang that specialise in breaking into sealed off properties by EFCC include police officer, AliyuIsmaila,AbubakarJibrin, Abdulsalam Ado, Ibrahim Babangida, Reuben Dauda, Hassan Aliyu, Sani Yusuf and Murtala Mohammed.
According to statement by EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, all the suspects have now been arrested and awaiting trial.
“On August 30, 2016, operatives of the EFCC, as part of monitoring activities on the sealed property, had gone to the site to execute a search,” he said.
“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 brains 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,” he said.
“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 official of the EFCC, while Jibrin posed as an Intelligence police officer in the inspector-general’s office.
“However, on August 30, 2016, they were caught in the act of breaking into the property, having successfully overpowered the security guard at the entrance of the property.”