*Eight staffers arrested, detained
While the entire world was working to cross from the dreaded 2017 into the New Year in 2018 two of the detainees at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detention centre in Lagos were determined not to remain in detention.
According to information available to www.gongnews.net there were some suspects – six of them – who had spent almost seven months in detention without trial.
One of them is a staff of the Rivers State Internal Revenue Service who was reported by his employers. He had spent three months in detention. He and one other person escaped the detention centre. Chances are that they must have reached an understanding with officers of the EFCC otherwise the escape sounds impossible.
According to the source, there was a similar break in the same facility in 2011 under Ibrahim Lamorde.
The New Year cross over escape came about following a deal between the suspects and an EFCC officer. The deal for their escape, according to an authoritative source, includes “large amount of money and a promise of other kindness.”
The following morning after the break, the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu arrived Lagos in a raging fury. He acted to immediately suspect some of the EFCC agents on guard on the night of the incident. He was reported to have physically touched some of the eight suspects tat are presently in detention pending investigation.
A text message sent to Wilson Uwugiaren, the spokesman for the agency for confirmation or denial of the development is yet to be replied as at press time.
When reached for comments, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) whose office oversees the EFCC is reported to be unaware of the jail break. The source said, “my boss certainly is not aware at all. He has not been officially briefed.”
The suspects however remain at large. Although, some of the detained suspects have been released, said a source.