Gunmen attack EFCC headquarters, leave death threat for investigator


EFCC vehicle
Bullet hole in a vehicle after the raid. Photo credit: SaharaReporters

Unknown gunmen on Wednesday attacked the head office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja on Wednesday, leaving a death threat for one the commission’s investigators named Ishaku Sharu.

According to a statement issued after the attack by Wilson Uwajaren, spokesman of the EFCC, the incident occurred at about 5 am, but the gunmen were repelled by security men at the premises.

“The group of heavily armed bandits invaded the office at about 05.00 hours and began shooting into the premises, damaging vehicles parked in the premises in the process,” the statement read.

“However, the attack was repelled by guards on duty. The hoodlums escaped in a getaway vehicle but not without leaving a message.

“A white envelope dropped by the fleeing attackers was found to contain a death threat addressed to Ishaku Sharu, a senior investigator with the commission.”



    Uwajuren explained that Ishaku is the head of the foreign exchange malpractices fraud section of the EFCC and and he is the officer “in charge of corruption investigation involving several politically exposed persons and retired military brass hats”.

    He also recalled that the attack came “few weeks after another investigator, Austin Okwor, was shot and wounded by unknown assailants in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.”

    The zone 7 office of the EFCC where the attack took place “houses the commission’s AMCON desk, procurement fraud and foreign exchange malpractices sections”.

    Uwajuren said the incident has been reported to the police for further investigation.

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