The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested one of its operatives, Uzodinma Kingsley Agbazue over offence bordering on criminal conspiracy and extortion. A statement on Friday from EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said Agbazue was arrested on Thursday September 15, 2016. Uwujaren said Agbazue, a Deputy Detective Superintendent, DDS, was arrested following a complaint by a lawmaker currently under investigation by the Commission, alleging that the operative collected N15million from him with a promise to give him soft landing by compromising the investigation. He added that 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”.
Uwujaren noted that following the approach, a sum of N15million 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,” Uwujaren said. He said the complainant stated that, when he requested for the refund of his money, Agbazue only returned N5million claiming that the balance of N10million had been given to someone “to kill the case from the top”. Uwujaren said the complainant also alleged that the operative collected N1million at a different time as assistance for settlement of his wife’s medical bill. He added that 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. He said the suspect will be subjected to administrative action as precursor to possible prosecution at the end of the investigation.