In a desperate move to cover up for their dirty deal tract, the majority of the former governors who are either currently undergoing investigations or had been arraigned by the anti-graft agency for alleged corruption have been discovered to be plotting to infiltrate the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission by influencing the postings of some security operatives, who once worked with them during their tenure as governors, a fresh report by Punch Newspaper suggests
The former governors, it was gathered accordung to Punch Newspaper that, having failed to get the commission to either drop the cases against them or to frustrate the cases in courts, had come up with another strategy to make sure that they got hold of key aspects of the commission.
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It was learnt that the ex-states’ chief executive officers had started lobbying the police authorities and the Police Service Commission to post their former police aides to the EFCC as investigators.
The Acting Chairman of the commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, was said to have been surprised to discover that a former Aide-De-Camp to an ex-governor from a North-Central, who is undergoing trial for alleged corruption, was working at a sensitive position in the commission.
The aide, a Superintendent of Police (name withheld), was posted to the commission and was made an investigator.
When Magu was said to have learnt of the officer’s past, and since his immediate boss was undergoing trial for alleged corruption, the chairman was said to have ordered that the affected officer be transferred to the Police for reassignment.
Though the operative was not queried for any misconduct, the commission was said to have been worried that the police officer could be used by his immediate boss to truncate the case against him.
A very reliable officer at the commission said, “The commission was surprised to know that such officer, who was just leaving such a position, would find his way to such a sensitive post.
“There’s no way your former boss, whom you have probably been loyal and still loyal to, could be undergoing trial for corruption and you will help in nailing him.
“That’s why we have to send the officer packing and we have no regret in doing that.”
Because of the discovery, it was gathered that the commission was planning an overhaul of its investigators by carrying out discreet investigations about their past.
“We are investigating them in order to make sure that our officers and investigators are above board and have nothing to do with those being prosecuted or investigated for now,” a source at the commission said.
One of our correspondents gathered on Monday that the anti-graft agency was working on the theory that since there were many former governors still being tried by the EFCC, many of the accused persons might have influenced the postings of their loyalists, especially security operatives, to the commission.
It was learnt that the agency, after detecting the SP planted by a former governor of one of the states in the North-Central, had begun discrete investigations into its operatives, with a view to uncovering some who might have been used to infiltrate the agency by suspected looters.