The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it has arrested one of its operatives, Deputy Detective Superintendent Uzodinma Agbazue, for allegedly receiving a N15m bribe from a lawmaker who is currently under EFCC investigation.
The EFCC said in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, that the suspect was arrested on September 15, 2016 following an allegation by a lawmaker that the operative collected N15m from him with a promise to give him soft landing by compromising the investigation.
According to the complainant, Agbazue allegedly approached him, claiming he had been mandated by the officer handling the case to discuss and reach an agreement on how to “kill the case”.
The statement added, “Following the approach, a sum of N15m was given to Agbazue whose game plan collapsed after the Investigating officer, who was ignorant of his scheme, refused to do his bidding.
“With the investigation gathering increased momentum after parting with the hefty sum, the complainant became uncomfortable and demanded a refund. The complainant stated that, when he requested for the refund of his money, Agbazue only returned N5m claiming that the balance of N10m had been given to someone to kill the case from the top.”
According to the anti-graft agency, the complainant also alleged that the suspect collected N1m at a different time as assistance for settlement of his wife’s medical bill.
“Agbazue’s action is in contravention of the commission’s mandate and ideals as the EFCC will not solicit or accept gratification from a suspect to compromise a case under investigation. The suspect will be subjected to administrative action as precursor to possible prosecution at the end of the investigation,” the statement read.