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EFFC arrests three staff over case file theft

The Borno State zonal Office of the Economic And Financial Crimes Commision (EFCC) has arrested three of its staff.

The suspects: Detective Assistant Habila Dungji Buba and his girlfriend Keron Ayuba Lapips, an undergraduate of University of Maiduguri, along with Bashir Muhammad, a Police Sargent attached to the Commission were arrested for the alleged theft of casefile of a suspect in a bid to avert justice.EFCC Zonal Head in Maiduguri, Mr. Aliyu Ado Aliyu told newsmen at a press briefing on Tuesday in Maiduguri that the trio were currently at the EFCC detention facility awaiting prosecution.

Narrating how the culprits were apprehended, Mr Aliyu said: “on Friday the 19th of January , 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 and which 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 Universty of Maiduguri were arrested while trying to make an exchange of the said casefile reported in the matter.

“The said Detective Assistant then revealed to the team of investigators one sgt Bashir Muhammad, a police officer attached to the maiduguri zonal office, as the person who gave him the said casefile and also guided him on how to carryout the exchange successfully, on the grounds of helping him secure money to buy a car for for which he had earlier informed the said sergeant of his need and also of his financial incapacity.The investigation into the matter is still ongoing and more facts to be unveiled soon, the public is hereby urged to report to any of its Office, demands for anything by any Person(s) regarding information on its cases as means of interfering with the investgation.

“The fight against corruption is a collective responsibility, everybody is a partner. Let’s join hands and fight corruption”, Aliyu said.

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