The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says its headquarters in Abuja was attacked yesterday by gunmen, who threatened to kill one of the agency’s top investigators.
“A major security breach was recorded at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the early hours of Wednesday, August 16, 2017, as unknown gunmen attacked the office located at Wuse Zone 7, Abuja,” the EFCC said in a statement by its spokesperson, Mr Wilson Uwajaren.
“The group of heavily armed bandits invaded the office at about 05.00 hours and began shooting into the premises, damaging vehicles parked on the premises in the process. However, the attack was repelled by guards on duty.
Although the attackers did not succeed in entering the complex, they left a death threat for one of the EFCC’s detectives as they fled, the statement added.
The commission said the death threat was contained in a white envelope addressed to Ishaku Sharu, a senior investigator, who heads the foreign exchange malpractices fraud section and is in charge of the investigation of several politically exposed persons and top retired military officers for corruption.
According to the EFCC, the incident has been reported to the police.