Delta State Police have apprehended some criminals within the state posing as brokers of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, to harass and extort youths within the state.
Confirming their arrest, State Police Command spokesman DSP Vibrant Edafe stated following a collection of complaints obtained from members of the general public, notably younger folks, alleging that officers of the EFCC normally break into their houses at evening, forcibly arrest them, take them away and extort enormous sums of cash from them, which partly gave rise to the “END EFCC” protest in Ughelli which led to the burning of greater than 13 vehicles and the destruction of property, command didn’t relent, as intelligence gathered revealed that they will not be EFCC brokers as claimed.
” On November 16, the command obtained one other criticism from a sufferer (title withheld) whose home was stormed at evening by the union, they entered the compound by climbing the fence, did broke into his residence, forcibly kidnapped him and took him to a white Toyota Hiace bus.
The sufferer additional acknowledged that whereas going to the principle bridge (i.e. the border between Delta and Anambra State), they forcibly took his telephones, different valuables value three million seven hundred thousand naira (#3,700,000), made a money switch of two million, 5 hundred thousand naira (#2,500,000) and instructed him they’d come again for him.
5 different victims additionally reported to the command and gave statements of how they had been robbed of round fifteen million naira (#15,000,000). It has turn out to be clear that these are the actions of thugs pretending to be EFCC brokers. ”
Edafe stated Police Commissioner CP Ari Muhammed Ali, has ordered the command decoy squad to research and guarantee they’re arrested and charged.
”In accordance with this directive, on 11/23/2022, Commander CP-Decoy ASP Julius Robinson, performing on credible data performed by brokers throughout an undercover operation, dragged them to their hideout in a resort (title omitted) positioned in Asaba the place they’re hibernating to plan their subsequent operation and have arrested 5 suspects particularly; (1) Prince Allison ‘m’ aged 29, residing in Port Harcourt and the chief of the union claiming to be EFCC contract workers in Portharcourt, (2) George Chisom Onyeweagu ‘m’ 29, residing in Owerri and he operates the outlet which they use to forcibly withdraw cash from their sufferer’s account, (3) 40-year-old Duke Okoro ‘m’ residing in Asaba Delta State, (4) Joseph Osinachi ‘m’ 23 years previous residing in Lagos State, (5) Onyocha Stanley ‘m’ 32 years previous residing in Owerri.
The suspects admitted to robbing totally different victims from numerous elements of the state, in addition they stated that they generally put their victims up in a resort for days till they managed to extort an enormous amount of cash from them or power them to switch cash to their cell POS. Their operational white Hummer bus, two regionally made EFCC jackets, a POS machine and eight cell telephones had been recovered. Six of their victims recognized them because the syndicate that broke into their houses below the guise of being EFCC brokers. The investigation is ongoing,” he stated.
The police spokesman stated the commissioner suggested the general public, particularly younger folks, to assume twice earlier than taking the legal guidelines into their very own palms, as some conditions could have extra to them than they seem. He assures residents of the state that justice will probably be served and can be certain that the responsible are duly prosecuted.