The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested one of its operatives, Abdulrahman Mohammed Biu, a deputy detective superintendent, for offences bordering on extortion, influence peddling and personation.
Biu was arrested on Monday following intelligence report alleging that he extorted $150,000 from some military officers, who are currently under investigation by the EFCC for their roles in the $2.1 billion arms deal scandal, on the pretext that he would help give them a soft landing.
A statement by the EFCC on Friday said upon his arrest, a search was executed on his residence in Abuja where the following items were recovered: $20,000 cash, N500, 000 cash, two police uniforms bearing his name with the ranks of Deputy Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, Police warrant card No: 27/2014 with the rank of DSP allegedly obtained from Kano Constabulary office, documents relating to military arms investigation and account information of several senior military officers.
A search of his car parked in the premises yielded the following items: unbranded pistol with a magazine and ten live ammunitions.
These shocking discoveries were contained in a statement signed by Wilson Uwujaren, the Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC.
According to Uwujaren, Mr. Biu’s modus operandi includes dropping the names of ranking officers of the EFCC, claiming he was acting on their behalf. A paper containing seven of such names was recovered in his house.
The suspect has made useful statement, while investigation continues, the statement added.