Exclusive: By Danjuma Aliyu
A senior operative who won a case against the leadership of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has died while waiting for the Commission to appeal against the decision granted in his favour.
Abdullahi Shittu, joined the anti-graft agency as one of the pioneer staff, and was said to have been an incorruptible operative.
But one day, Mr Shittu was set up by corrupt police officers and wrongly accused of collecting N100k from a suspect and dismissed from the Commission.
A member of staff who is aware of the case explained that “Mr Shittu’s team was investigating someone from Nasarrawa who was said to be like a family friend.
“So the suspect asked to see Mr Shittu at Transcorp Hilton, but he didn’t want to go.”
The source noted that “the suspect called an Uncle to the deceased Operative, who asked him to come and see him.
“Unknown to Mr Shittu, the suspect was with the uncle and the leadership in the agency planted some police in the hotel toilet.”
Basically, the suspect was used to entrap Mr Shittu. He was accused of fraternising with a suspect, a claim that was not true and the Judge agreed with him.
Mr Shittu took the matter to the National Industrial Court, NIC. The judge granted Mr Shittu’s prayer to be reinstated, however, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, then head of Internal Affairs Department recommended for the decision to be appealed.
While waiting for the appeal case, the operative who is in his early 40s, was involved in an accident and unfortunately, he did not survive.
Despite the ruling in his favour, which called his reinstatement, Mr Magu, described as a perennial offender by the Secret Police, refused to heed to the ruling.
When much opposition came from senior staffers, Mr Magu then decided to appeal the judgement. Until Mr Shittu’s untimely death, nothing had been heard about the case.
In an interview, another course mate of the deceased said: “It is part of police leadership in EFCC to destroy career of young and promising officers.”
Mr Magu was indicted by the Department of State Security Services, DSS in 2016. DENISAURUS News exclusively reported allegations of corruption made against the anti-graft bosss by staff.
Many core staff have been dismissed for blowing the whistle on corruption. DENISAURUS News learnt that the acclaimed EFCC Staff Regulation used for dismissing Core EFCC members, is not usually applied on the Seconded Policemen. Yet, they are paid from the same coffers of anti-graft agency.
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