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EFCC to prosecute NAF personnel for security breach

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The Economic Financial Crimes Commission has disclosed it would charge personnel of the Nigerian Air Force released on administrative bail by its Kaduna Zonal Command to court upon completion of its ongoing investigation.

The anti-graft agency made this known on Monday in a release signed by its Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, and posted on its website.

Earlier, the NAF personnel were granted administrative bail last Friday.

“The officers were released to their service in strict adherence to the bail procedures of the commission. The commission reiterates the fact that no one is above the law and the due process will be followed in bringing the case to a conclusion,” Oyewale said.

The EFCC had disclosed that officers of the NAF were culpable of security breach.

It noted that the NAF officers were arrested over an attempt to rescue suspected fraudsters arrested by the agency.

Oyewale said, “Operatives of the Kaduna Zonal Command of the EFCC, on Monday, November 13, 2023, arrested five suspects at a residential Inn and Disney Chicken Eatery, Barnawa, Kaduna following credible intelligence about their alleged internet- related fraud activities.

“The suspected fraudsters: Favour Itung, Rachael Ande, Zuleiman Haruna, Abubakar Ismaila and Solomon Olobatoke were arrested without incident.

“However, after the sting operation, six military personnel who witnessed the operation at Disney Chicken Eatery, stormed the Kaduna Command and attempted to forcibly release the arrested fraud suspects. They were subdued and detained over the security breach.

“The intruders are four Air Force personnel : Lawal Abdullahi, Chukwuma  Christian, Alfa Suleiman and Emmanuel Ekwozor, and two students of  Nigerian Air Force Institute of Technology,: Chidera Anuba and Joseph Tokula. While in detention, there were inter- agency communication and discussions by the leadership of the EFCC and the Nigerian Air Force to resolve the issues.

“Unfortunately, dialogue on the release of the combative Air Force personnel broke down on Friday, November 17, 2023 when some unruly NAF Officers stormed the Kaduna Command in a commando- style, to forcefully release their detained colleagues.

“The EFCC exercised restraint in the face of the provocation and flagrant abuse of power. The Commission continued to engage with the leadership of the Nigeria Air Force and released the officers to the NAF Provost after they had been duly profiled. The EFCC wishes to assure the public that it will continue to carry out its statutory mandate of tackling all cases of economic and financial crimes, without let or hindrance.”

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