Police arrest five ‘fake’ EFCC operatives in Delta
The Delta Police Command said it has arrested five ‘fake’ Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) officials for allegedly breaking into their unsuspecting victims’ houses to forcefully extort millions of naira from them.
The State Police Spokesman, DSP Bright Edafe, in a statement, yesterday, in Asaba, said the suspects included Prince Allison, 29; George Chisom Onyeweagu, 29; Duke Okoro, 40; Joseph Osinachi, 23; and Onyocha Stanley, 32.
Edafe revealed that the Police received a series of complaints from the public, especially the youths, who alleged that EFCC operatives usually break into their houses at night, forcefully arrest them, and extort them, which partly gave rise to the #End EFCC” protest in Ughelli that led to the burning of over 13 trucks and destruction of property.
Edafe said following this information, the command carried out a sting operation, and trailed them to their hideout in a hotel in Asaba.
He also disclosed that a victim narrated how the suspects invaded his residence at night, abducted him and collected N2,500,000 via cash transfer.
Edafe said: “Six of their victims have also identified them, one of their victims stated that his house was stormed at night by the syndicate.
“They gained entrance into the compound by scaling the fence, broke into his apartment, forcefully abducted and took him away in a white Toyota Hiace bus.
“The victim further stated that on getting to head bridge, the boundary between Delta and Anambra State, they forcefully collected his phones, and other valuables worth N3,700,000 made a cash transfer of N2,500,000 and told him that they would come back.
“Five other victims also reported how they were robbed of N15,000,000.”
He assured residents that justice would be served and culprits are going to be duly prosecuted.
He advised the public, especially the youth, to rethink before taking laws into their hands.