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Five Fake EFCC Operatives Apprehended in Delta

Delta State Police command has arrested Five suspects over alleged breaking, kidnapping and extortion of unsuspecting victims in the guise of being EFCC operatives.

DSP Bright Edafe Command’s Public Relations Officer made the disclosure in a statement.

He said following series of complaints received from members of the public, especially from the youths, alleging that EFCC operatives usually break into their houses at night, forcefully arrest them, take them away and extort huge sum of money from them, which partly gave rise to the “END EFCC” protest in Ughelli that led to the burning of over thirteen trucks and destruction of properties.

He maintained that the Command did not relent, as intelligence gathered revealed that they may not be EFCC operatives conducted the act, as it is being alleged.

On 16th November, 2022, the Command received another complaint from a victim (name withheld) whose 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 (i.e the boundary between Delta and Anambra State), they forcefully collected his phones from him, other valuables worth three million, seven hundred thousand naira (N3,700,000), made cash transfer of two million, five hundred thousand naira (N2,500,000) and told him that they will come for him again.

He further maintained that Five other victims also reported to the Command and made statements of how they were robbed of about fifteen million naira (N15,000,000), noting that it became clear that it was the activities of hoodlums pretending to be EFCC Operatives.

Consequently, the Commissioner of Police CP Ari Muhammed Ali, directed the Command Decoy Squad to investigate, ensure that they are arrested and brought to book.

The PPRO further maintained that in compliance with the directive, on 23rd November, 2022, the Commander CP-Decoy ASP Julius Robinson, acting on credible information led operatives on a sting operation, trailed them to their hideout in a Hotel (name withheld) located in Asaba where they hibernate to plan their next operation and arrested five suspects.

The suspects arrested include; (1) Prince Allison ‘m’ age 29yrs, resident in port Harcourt and the leader of the syndicate claiming to be EFCC contract staff in Portharcourt, (2) George Chisom Onyeweagu ‘m’ 29yrs resident in Owerri and he operates the POS that they use to forcefully withdraw money from their victim’s account, (3) Duke Okoro ‘m’ age 40years resident in Asaba Delta State, (4)Joseph Osinachi ‘m’ age 23yrs, resident in Lagos State, (5) Onyocha Stanley ‘m’ age 32yrs, resident in Owerri.

“The suspects have admitted to have robbed different victims from various parts of the State, they also stated that, they sometimes lodged their victims in a Hotel for days until they succeed in extorting huge sum of money from them or force them to transfer money into their mobile POS.”

“Their white operational Hummer bus, two locally manufactured EFCC jackets, a POS machine and eight mobile phones were recovered from them.

He explained that Six of their victims have identified as the syndicate who broke into their houses under the guise of being EFCC Operatives.

He revealed that investigation is ongoing.

The CP therefore advised the public especially the youths to have a rethink before taking laws into their hands as some situations may have more to it than it meets the eyes.

He assured residents in the State that justice will be served, and will ensure that the culprits are duly prosecuted.

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