The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has apprehended one of its operatives, Uzodinma Agbazue – a deputy detective superintendent of the agency – for allegedly collecting a N15 million bribe.
In a statement issued on Friday by its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, the commission said Agbazue was arrested on Thursday for “offences bordering on criminal conspiracy and extortion”.
Uwujaren said Agbazue was arrested following a complaint by a lawmaker currently under investigation.
According to the spokesman, the lawmaker alleged that the detective collected N15 million from him with a promise to compromise the investigation.
The statement read: “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 increased 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 N5 million claiming that the balance of N10 million had been given to someone ‘to kill the case from the top’.”
The lawmaker also alleged that the operative collected N1 million at a different time as assistance for settlement of his wife’s medical bill.
The statement continued: “Agbazue’s action is in 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.”