EFCC arrests Babangida, others

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested a man identified as Ibrahim Babangida, for offences bordering on criminal breach of trust, attempted theft, conspiracy and impersonation.

Also arrested with him is another suspect bearing Murtala Mohammed, along with the driver of the agency, who was identified as Nasiru Isa.

The driver, who joined the Commission about 18 months ago, is a member of a criminal syndicate that attempted to break into a sealed property by the EFCC, with the intent of carting away goods suspected to be proceeds of money laundering.

The syndicate, apart from Isa, Babangida and Mohammed, includes a mobile police officer, Corporal Aliyu Ismaila, Abubakar Jibrin, Abdulsalam Ado, Reuben Dauda, Hassan Aliyu, Sani Yusuf.

Located in the choice area of Garki, Abuja, the property is currently under investigation by the agency, and became a subject of interest, in the aftermath of findings into the N3.9 billion fraud case involving a former Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd). The property was also linked to the wife of the former CDS.

Investigations by EFCC operatives revealed that shortly after the property was sealed, some individuals moved about 12 bags believed to contain items linked to money laundering offence, into the property.

On August 30, operatives of the EFCC as part of monitoring activities on the sealed property, had gone to site to execute a search. However, members of the syndicate took to their heels on sighting the operatives of the anti-graft agency. A carpenter, Yakubu Muhammad, who was hired by the syndicate, was left behind and was subsequently arrested by the operatives.

The carpenter, who has been cooperating with operatives, confessed that he was not in the know of the illicit activity. He said he was only brought in by the syndicate to assist with the use of his carpentry tools to break into the property.

Investigations revealed that one of those in the know about the goods was the brain behind the scheming to steal them. The syndicate decided they would need to subdue the security man at the property, which would mean they would need to involve security personnel in the syndicate.

Subsequently, Mr. Isa was contacted. To further beef up the security aspect of the crime, he also contacted his friend, Mr. Ismaila, who came for the “operation” fully armed. In perpetrating the crime, Mr. Dauda had posed to be a senior staff with the EFCC, while Mr. Jibrin posed as an Intelligence police officer in the office of the Inspector General of Police

However, nemesis caught up with them on August 30 when they were caught in the act of breaking into the property, having successfully overpowered the security guard at the entrance.

They would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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  • vagabonds in power

    Very Misleading headlines——————————-The story was lifted by Premium Times from other media houses-My plea to them thieves in efcc—is to give them credit for the story——–Sadly all the thieves so far arrested are Fulani ati Yoruba rogues—–hiding under the blood stained uniform of EFCC——————–The question is how many other thefts have taken place in homes of innocent victims of the Satanic Buhari rule-since the current Buhari Gestapos in EFCC started their work under MAGU-who hails from Chad——————–The previous one–Lamordi stole oil vessels and sold same in Salpond in Ghana———This one is into petty stealing————-from the homes of those Fulani Bingo Buhari- claims stole from the revenue base of the people of the Niger delta—————Separation is the only way out—Not the rule of the Fulanis and Yorubas—419ners–now operating in EFCC—————vagabonds in power——————Magu should go–period

    • serubawon70

      Well done sir

      • Carlos

        Why all these fuss in this forum. The name Babangida is a common name not tied to one individual or group. There is nothing wrong with the headline. Is IBB the sole user of the name Babangida?

  • Julius

    Shit, I stop reading when I found out it wasnt IBB. WTF !!

  • guest

    @Premiumtimes, please you need to decide if you are a tabloid news forum or a serious one. you are not doing your reputation any good by this kind of reporting.

  • Guest

    Really, Premium Times? Can you please reflect on this headline and ask yourselves, why?

    • Michael

      I was just about to ask the same question. So childishly misleading

    • Arabakpura

      It is another effect of recession! Buhari is to blame!

    • Höly Wähala

      It’s called propaganda… to attract you and other readers. Belated April Pfool… Lol.

  • Okokondem

    Taunting your readers with deceitful headline is unbecoming of Premium Times that I have come to associate with hard-hitting, fearless and objective journalism. It actually demonstrates lack of appreciation for what Nigerians have suffered in the hands of their so called leaders over the years, Babangida not exempted.

    Although Premium Times clearly deserves credit for bringing attention to house member Jibrin’s allegation of systemic malfeasance involving the budget, I am also disappointed how easily and how soon they have moved on from the story. Most people including me would rather you stay with that story, even if it means doing so on a daily basis, until some action is taken by this government.

  • True Nigerian

    What a shame! A medium like Premium Times also indulges itself in such level of irresponsible journalism and editorial incompetence.

    You could have easily written “EFCC Arrests Babangida Impersonator and Other Impostors”.

    But you just wanted to be irresponsible. It’s such a shame! That is what turns my stomach about Nigeria. Premium times is considered as one of Nigeria’s best. But just look at how bad it is. Yet, it is one of our best. You laugh as you self-destroy your own reputation. I guess you chose the misleading headline with an expectation that we (your readers) would say all we have said now and nothing else would happen. That makes you utterly irresponsible and disrespectful. As one of Nigeria’s best, your choice shows how bad the country really is. Shame!

    • Thepeople

      That is mediocrity. NIGERIAN JOURNALISM MEDIOCRITY IS THY NAME

    • Action Group

      This is unarguably irresponsible journalism with such a misleading headline that should have come with quotation marks.

  • Thepeople

    CHANGE BEGINS WITH PREMIUM TIMES

  • UOU

    Nonsense news

  • North/West Allies

    Get ra ra here men

  • Igodomigo Suleman

    IT DOES APPEAR THESE GUYS ARE IBB BOYS. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE CHOICE OF PREMIUM TIMES HEADLINE. AFTERALL ONE BABANGIDA NAME WAS INVOLVED IN THE CASE. AND ALSO A REMINDER NO ONE SHOULD BE ABOVE THE LAW NO MATTER THE POSITION OCCUPIED BEFORE. YOU CAN BE CALLED TO ACCOUNT..

  • West

    Arrant nonsense! I had thought Premium Times is not in the class of those typical Nigeria media. Too bad

    • Maverick

      There’s no better way to have put it.

  • Maverick

    I thought they’re from Southeast Southwest or South South but behold they’re the same people in Buhari’s govt. Yet there is no corrupt person in Buhari’s government!

  • absam777

    Irresponsible journalism. I hope we don’t read about EFCC arresting Buhari.

  • SamPsalm

    My fault. I did not see IBB. I assumed Babangida had to be IBB. I apologise to you Premium Times for any ill-will I may have temporarily borne against you for thinking you led me on a wild goose chase.

  • Emeka Ibemere

    Its called oddity. its allowed in journalism. But of-course what profit will it make if IBB was arrested by EFCC or what is special about Babangida’s arrest. It takes us back to the man who named his dog Buhari and was arrested. Will Babangida go for the man who share the same name with him for being involved in a fraud. I’m asking questions.

  • Abdul

    Rubbish headline, hiss.