EFCC ARRESTS FAKE DSS OFFICER FOR STEALING A HANDBAG AT AN EVENT WHERE PRESIDENT BUHARI WAS PRESENT
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on June 17, announced that it had arrested a 32-year old Fake Department of State Security (DSS) officer, identified as Boniface Oburuku for theft of a handbag, belonging to an international guest from the Republic of Mauritius.
According to the Commission, the bag contained two Samsung mobile phones, an international passport, United States Dollars, Nigerian and Mauritian currencies.
Oburuku committed the crime on June 11, 2019, at an event organized by the EFCC to mark the year’s National Democracy Day and Anti-Corruption Summit at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. The event had in attendance, President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerian security chiefs, respected citizens and global leaders.
The suspect, who has been on the Commission’s watch list for over a year, was eventually arrested in Lagos a few days ago.
Narrating how the suspect was tracked down, the team leader, Counter-Terrorism, and General Investigations Unit of the EFCC said the Commission swung into action through intelligence on the suspect all over the country.
The team leader noted that intelligence showed that the culprit had constantly been on the move from Mpape area of the FCT to Jabi and later to Gwagwalada, all in the FCT. He finally settled in Lagos, where he was arrested.
“Investigations also revealed that to breach security at the day’s event, Oburuku dressed smartly in a black suit and claimed to be of the Department of State Security (DSS) and was allowed access into the venue by security agents on duty without presentation of an invite,” the Commission said.
The Commission added that the culprit would soon be charged to court for impersonating and tarnishing the image of the law enforcement commission.
While confessing to the crime, Oburuku apologised to President Buhari, the EFCC, and his Mauritian victim.
He urged other persons who are into fraudulent and criminal activities to turn a new leaf.