Exclusive : By Adenike Lucas
An armed police corporal, who led core operatives of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission in a botched attempt to break into a property sealed for investigation last month, has been arrested.
Corporal Aliyu Ismaila, who was picked up along with an EFCC driver Nasiru Isa, Abubakar Jibrin, Abdulsalam Ado, Ibrahim Babangida, Reuben Dauda, Hassan Aliyu, Sani Yusuf and Murtala Mohammed, targeted the “choice property” belonging to a former Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd) who is being investigated in a “N3.9 billion fraud case” involving a property also linked to the wife of the former CDS.
The regular staff involved in this operation are currently been held in an EFCC cell, DENISAURUS News has learnt.
This paper received reliable information to say that this was not the first time an officer seconded to the anti-graft commission has led regular staff in a fraudulent mission to either extort money out of suspect or steal money seized from investigation.
In one case, Sgt Okon Bassey, a Police Corporal who was an Anti-Bomb Officer led an illegal team of three, comprising of administrative staffs to solicit for funds from a member of the public in an unauthorised operation in 2014.
While the administrative staff involved in that scam were dismissed, Sergeant Bassey kept his job at the EFCC.
Core staff are usually dismissed but rogue officers are returned to their mother organisation, the Nigerian Police Force.
Request are now been made to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to prevent rogue police men from the EFCC from being returned to the Force.