Ex-DMI chief, Maj. General Letam Wiwa, not arrested — EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday said a former director of the Directorate of Mili­tary Intelligence (DMI), Letam Wiwa, was not in its custody, contrary to media reports.

“I can’t find any such detainee in our records,” said EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, in response to an enquiry by PREMIUM TIMES. “I can’t find anything on him.”

Before Mr. Uwujaren spoke, another top official of the anti-graft agency had told this newspaper that reports of Mr. Wiwa’s arrest were untrue.

“We are not aware of any such arrest,” the official said.

Reports in some newspapers had claimed Monday morning that Mr. Wiwa, a major general, was arrested at the weekend and transferred to Abuja for further questioning by EFCC operatives over alleged involvement in a $2.1 billion arms deal
Mr. Wiwa, who is currently the deputy commandant at the Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, also told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday morning that he was in his office in Oshodi, Lagos.

He said he was neither invited for questioning nor arrested by the EFCC.

“I just woke up this morning, and people started calling me that they saw reports of my arrest in the papers,” said Mr. Wiwa, in response to an enquiry by this newspaper.

“I was really surprised. And that must be a magic arrest. I am now sitting in my office in Oshodi, Lagos. The papers were just too audacious. They didn’t even ask the army whether any such arrest happened. There was not even an invitation, let alone an arrest,” he said.

According to him, the operations of the DMI has nothing to do with procurement of equipment for the army or any security agency.

The spokesperson for the army, Sani Usman, a colonel, was not immediately available to comment for this story.

When contacted, he requested that a text message enquiry be sent to him.
He is yet to respond to that message as at the time of this report.


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  • Okafor

    Abacha killed Saro-Wiwa, Buhari is persecuting Letam Wiwa. What have the Ogonis done to northern leaders? Ogonis have contributed so much to Nigerian economy with to nothing show for it. Is it the fate our people, the ND people? God forbid!

    • Burning Spear

      Didi Nigeria not know befiore they used the CIA to impose Buhari on us————-Let Anthony Enahoro once said the difference between the government of Buhari and that of Adolf Hitler is the Hail Hitler Salute by German soldiers——-The man is going berserk-in Aso rock–Too much money for him to steal—that is why—The biggest curse to be placed on 9jas–is the imposition of Buhari on us-

  • Hon Wisdom Ogbonnaya

    It is an extremely offensive and malicious rumour against Maj Gen L. Wiwa who in my own is among if not the best intelligence officer Nigerian Army can boast of. Gen Wiwa is not a quota system officer, he is witty, astute, vibrant, rescuesful and articulate when it comes to discharging his duties. He is equally a lawyer after passing through Nigeria Law School Lagos.
    While this officer per excellent was at DHQ as the principal officer to then CDS Late Gen A Azazi, he ran that office with alter most sense of responsible that the then British Defence Advicer to Nigeria recommend him to attend Royal Defence Collage, London through nomination by the office of CDS. For avoidance of doubt, Nigerian’s can cross check Wiwa’s record at RDC, London where Gen Wiwa made Nigeria Army proud. It is pertinent, to note some of Wiwa’s course (participants) mates are the current Japanese Chief of Defence Staff, the son of Late King Fahard of Saudi Arabai and the current Jamican commission of Police.
    Wiwa as I know him is not into contracting and dose not indulge into shady dealing with regards to all position held by Wiwa till date sotherefore EFCC will not have any cause for arrest talk less of detaintion.