Officials of the Delta State Police Command have arrested some fake Economic and Financial Crimes Commission operatives in the state over alleged break-ins, kidnappings and extortion of unsuspecting victims.
KOKO TV gathered that the arrest followed a series of complaints received from members of the public, especially from the youths, alleging that the EFCC operatives usually break into their houses at night, forcefully arrest them, take them away and extort huge sums of money from them.
It was gathered that the rise in the complaints partly gave rise to the “End EFCC” protest in Ughelli that led to the burning of over 13 trucks and the destruction of properties sometimes ago.
The Police Public Relations Officer for Delta, DSP Bright Edafe, said in a signed statement made available to journalists in Warri on Friday that “the Command did not relent over the complaints, as intelligence gathered revealed that the perpetrators may not be EFCC operatives as it is being alleged.”
The PPRO stated that on November 16, 2022, the Command received another complaint from a victim (name withheld) whose house was stormed at night by the syndicate.
According to the police spokesman, the syndicate gained entrance into the compound by scaling the fence, breaking into the apartment, and forcefully abducting and taking their target away in a white Toyota Hiace bus.
The victim further told the police that on getting to the head bridge, that is, the boundary between Delta and Anambra State, the syndicate forcefully collected his phones from him and other valuables worth N3,700,000, made a cash transfer of N2,500,000 and told him that they will come for him again.
The police noted that five other victims also reported to the Command and made statements of how they were robbed of about N15,000,000 and it then became clear to the police that it is the activities of hoodlums pretending to be EFCC operatives.
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