EFCC arrests own staff ‘bribed’ by lawmaker

EFCC Operatives

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it has arrested one of its operatives for allegedly collecting a N15 million bribe.

The commission said in a statement on Friday that Uzodinma Agbazue, a deputy detective superintendent, was arrested on Thursday for “offences bordering on criminal conspiracy and extortion”.

Mr. Agbazue was arrested following a complaint by a lawmaker currently under investigation by the Commission, the statement signed by the commission’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said.

The lawmaker alleged that the EFCC detective collected N15 million from him with a promise to compromise the investigation.

According to the complainant, Mr. Agbazue allegedly approached him, claiming he had been mandated by the officer handling the case to discuss and reach an agreement on how to “kill the case”, the statement said.

“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,” Mr. Uwujaren said.

“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 statement adds.

The lawmaker also alleged that the operative collected N1 million at a different time as assistance for settlement of his wife’s medical bill.

“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,” EFCC said.

“The suspect will be subjected to administrative action as precursor to possible prosecution at the end of the investigation.”


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  • Rommel

    Such people should receive 50yrs to life

    • Sonny Martin


  • Abdulkadir

    Everywhere they appear, their mission is to destroy, sabotage, or vandalize. By their name, you shall know them.

    • peacemonger

      Please google this and revert:

      “EFCC operative arrested for collecting N45m bribe from indicted military chiefs”

      I learnt a long time ago to keep my words soft and sweet just in case I have to eat them!

      • serubawon70

        Thanks for this. But what happened to Biu? Or is it all nothing?

      • Julius

        lolz, you are so correct. They come from every corner in the country.

  • thusspokez

    Photo: EFCC Operatives

    The EFCC operatives in the photo look like ragtag army. Even boko haram has better dress code for their soldiers than the EFCC. Mix-match of helmet, berets, boots, shoes, long-sleeves, short-sleeves, indigo camouflage combat trousers, green army trousers etc.

  • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

    Yes,flat headers,the Ugandans from israel who are the only African Jews specializing in the importation and exportation of all forms of corruption,new,farely used or tokunbo or shinko. All with the label ………..

  • persona

    Now that EFCC just exposed one of theirs, can I hear witch hunt or media trial?

    • Oyi

      Bro, he is not one of the favored members of efcc. Just like police bosses expect returns from their boys on high ways so is efcc. Do you want to believe that this is the first time efcc members collected money from the accused person? No system in Nigeria that is not corrupt, but when you fall out with a more influential person than you, you stand to be exposed and face the music. This is exactly the case of this young man. We expect more to be exposed

      • Oyi

        To buttress my point, “EFCC operative arrested for collecting N45m bribe from indicted military chiefs” no one heard anything about Mohammed biu again. His case has also been swept under the carpet like the case of Buratai.

  • Sanssouci

    “The suspect will be subjected to administrative action as precursor to possible prosecution at the end of the investigation.”
    Are you kidding me?????????? so what he is basically saying is that maybe after 2 months suspension he’ll be given a slap on the wrist to go and sin no more… Only God knows how much these rogues made off of the likes of Omokore, Badeh, Amosu & Co. the guys with the real fire power. No wonder cases of the likes of Bafarawa, Haliru Bello arrested and arraigned close to a year ago have gone absolutely nowhere. Wayoooo Nijeriya

    • Julius

      Yes oo. Im thinking the same thing. Unbelievable. He should have been picked up and locked up. Dismissed immediately !

  • Freedom Bini

    Nigeria is dead and no Spare parts. The very day IBB removed Buhari from office was the day Nigeria finally died and buried and the situations become hopeless. Nobody is born Criminal but Criminality are learn from society where one live and associates. IBB and Politicians after him had banqueted to all Nigerians 419ers. Nothing works again. Check the Police on our Roads, Customs seizing goods and giving them to their wives to sell in their private shops, Soldiers running away from fighting and selling weapons to Boko Haram and explosives to Militants, EFCC selling vital information to offenders, Civil servants stealing government Time and money, Universities selling grades, Government Roads become the property of Agberos- NURTW, Immigration assisting in human trafficking and selling of young women into prostitution, Banks helping Politicians to move monies, Politician having interest in firms that are contractors to Government, Free food by Politician but their wives serving as food vendors and suppliers, Justices for sale in Courts ,Criminal gangs taking over governance etc. Nigeria is dead. Buhari would have been able to fix it but AGE and Parliament of Vultures.

    • Tola

      Where do we go from here? A good piece Freedom Bini, permission to copy this on my timeline

    • Sonny Martin

      Excellent piece . The plight of the black man!

    • Iliyasu Biu

      Pathetically true – 100%
      “The change must start with me”!!!

    • Osakue

      My dear one you are a true Nigerian I respect your comments. We just have bad lucky in leadership. Just imagine if the likes of PMB have been ruling us leaders that have love passion for the people.

    • Abdullah Musa

      May God bless you, wipe away your tears, bring smile to your face.

    • Julius

      Well said, Kudos !!

    • Kamalu

      You are fantastically correct. God will further bless your wisdom

  • Alhajivinco

    Why is the law maker not named? He committed an offense also

  • alhaji usman


  • Realitytalk

    Good way to go, corruption must be dealt with properly with the believe that nothing will be left undone by the time we get to 2019

  • AmaraMr ikwuegbu

    exposed the lawmaker efcc must bring justice

  • Marcus Ijele

    How could you have given the name of the Officer and concealed the name of the Law maker or have you collected——-. Before a taker, there was a giver. Who is the giver? The giver caused an inducement.

  • Kunle O

    Expose the lawmaker too for a much better job.

  • Action Group

    “Hunter being hunted” The end game has come for him,like a typical Nigerian we are always too eager to make money from all situations good or bad.It’s good for him, to serve as deterrent to others who are yet to be caught.