A Deputy Detective Supretendent, DDS, with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Uzodinma Kingsley Agbazue, has been arrested for demanding and receiving N15 million in bribe from a lawmker who is said to be under investigation.
According to a statement by the spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwajuren, Agbazue was disarmed and detained on Thursday after the lawmaker lodged a complaint that he collected the money from him with a promise to kill the case or get him a soft landing by compromising the investigation.
According to the lawmaker, who is said to be under investigation for an undisclosed offence, Agbazue approached him with the claim that he had been mandated by the officer handling the case to discuss and reach an agreement on how to “kill the case”.
The statement reads: “Following the approach, a sum of N15 million 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 momentum after parting with the hefty sum, the complainant became uncomfortable and demanded a refund.
“The complainant stated that, when he requested for the refund of his money, Agbazue only returned N5million claiming that the balance of N10 million had been given to someone “to kill the case from the top”.
“The complainant also alleged that the operative had earlier collected N1 million at a different time as assistance for settlement of his wife’s medical bill.
Uwujaren described Agbazue’s action as a 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.
“The suspect will be subjected to administrative action as precursor to possible prosecution at the end of the investigation,” he said.
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