- A group of 24 Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) Diploma Cadre cadets who were dismissed by EFCC have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari
- They said they were taken aback by their dismissal after passing earlier medical screenings and had no knowledge of the supposed medical ailments that led to their discharge
- They claimed that some of them underwent independent medical screenings at military and government hospitals and passed
A group of 24 Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) Diploma Cadre cadets who alleged they were wrongfully dismissed from training camp are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to address their case in the interest of justice and fairness, as all efforts to appeal to the EFCC have proven abortive.
Sahara Reporters reports that one of the discharged cadets, Chinedu Chukwuemeka, explained that he, along with 23 others, applied for the EFCC’s Diploma Cadre recruitment scheme after seeing it advertised in several daily newspapers.
NAIJ.com had previously reported that in a protest letter dated January 16, 2017 and addressed to the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, the affected cadets, through their lawyer, Olusoji Toki, said they were unfairly dismissed after they had passed all the necessary tests, including medical examination.
NAIJ.com gathered that after applying for the programme, Mr Chukwuemeka was informed on December 11, 2016, via SMS message, that he had been shortlisted and was therefore invited to attend a medical screening, physical screening, and, finally, an interview, all of which he passed.
Mr Chukwuemeka, along with 23 of his cohorts, were then invited to Cadet Training at the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna state.
However, on December 31, 2016, the cadets were told in person that they were medically unfit to serve the EFCC and were therefore dismissed.
The affected cadets were taken aback by their dismissal, as they had passed earlier medical screenings and had no knowledge of the supposed medical ailments that led to their discharge.
In light of this, Mr Chukwuemeka and some of his fellow cadets went to government and military hospitals to undergo independent medical tests, where they were told they were in good health and fit to serve in the EFCC.
With proof of medical fitness, the cadets tried appealing to the EFCC to reinstate them, but to no avail. They had already been replaced by fresh cadets and many are now left jobless, as they had quit their previous jobs after being accepted into the programme.
SaharaReporters reached out to the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwajaren, who confirmed that the cadets were dismissed for failing the medical exam. However, he declined to explain why the cadets had earlier been told they passed both the medical and physical screenings.
The letter read in part: “His Excellency Sir, with utmost respect to your noble office as the leader of our beloved great nation of Nigeria, we greet you in the name of the Almighty God.
“Mr. President, your Change policy has proven effective and has gone a long way to heal Nigeria from the syndromes of corruption, in which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), under the leadership of Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has played an instrumental role.
“Mr. President, for the first time in Nigeria under your Change government, we witnessed an open and transparent recruitment exercise anchored by the EFCC to join the agency as Detective Inspectors under the Diploma Cadre Category, which was advertised on national dailies.
“As Nigerians seeking opportunities to take part in the fight against corruption, we applied for the recruitment scheme and, shortly thereafter, received invitations for physical screenings, written examinations, medical screenings, and finally, oral interviews.
“Upon completing the above, each of us soon learned we were successful candidates, as we received congratulatory SMS messages from the EFCC inviting us to attend Cadet Training in Kaduna State.
“Mr. President, after one month of rigorous training at the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna, we were tagged “medically unfit” with illnesses unknown to us and were told to leave the camp, despite earlier being informed we had passed our medical screenings conducted by the Nigerian Air Force Medical Team and the EFCC at the Nigerian Air Force Medical Centre in Kaduna.
“After our sudden dismissal, some of us underwent independent medical screenings at military and government hospitals and passed; we were told we had no medical ailments and were fit to serve in the EFCC.
“We were all assured by the training instructors that we would be called back to training since our medical reports came out successful confirming us fit.
“However, we were promptly replaced by new cadets and were not invited to return to camp.
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