Nigeria’s major anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is carrying out what a top source described as a “massive re-deployment” as several of its officers are being re-deployed to the Nigerian Police Force.
Sources in the commission confirmed that as a way of repositioning the anti-graft agency and rid it of ineffective operative, 33 EFCC officers, who were seconded from the police, have been sent away from the commission.
The redeployment affected two Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACP), six Chief Superintendents of Police (CSP), five Superintendents of Police (SP), ten Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs), nine Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs), and one police inspector.
Affected staff have soiled records
A highly placed source at the commission confirmed to Premium Times that some of the officers being redeployed either have disciplinary issues and had been inept in the discharge of their duties.
“The officers affected are those with questionable records, and those with pending disciplinary problems,” our source said.
In order to achieve a proper re-deployment, Premium Times learnt that the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, wrote to the acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, on March 19 seeking his approval for the re-deployment of the officers.
Mr. Lamorde had during his confirmation by the Senate alleged that some EFCC operatives were corrupt. He said that his commission planned to purchase a lie detector machine to be used on all EFCC staff.
“Orders have been placed for those machines, but they are yet to arrive,” said Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesman for the EFCC who declined to comment on the official reasons for the re-deployment of the operatives.
Commission asks for more officers
While sending the 33 officers away, the EFCC chairman also requested the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to redeploy new officers to the commission.
In what appears to be a response to the EFCC chairman’s request, Mr. Abubakar authorised the redeployment of the affected officers.
In a letter dated March 19, and signed by Femi Ogunbatode, a deputy police force secretary, Mr. Abubakar ordered the affected officials to resume their new duties “with immediate effect.”
Established in 2004, the EFCC gets a large chunk of its workforce from the Nigerian Police on temporal basis, while others are directly recruited by the commission from the public. The three heads of the commission since inception have also been serving or former police officers.