- Some gunmen invaded the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja
- The commission said the gunmen dropped a death threat for one of its officers
- Security around the EFCC acting boss, Ibrahim Magu and his family has been tightened
A report by The Nation indicates that a tighter security ring has been thrown around Ibrahim Magu and key officers of the EFCC after a gun attack on its Abuja office.
According to the report, also being protected is Magu’s mother, who lives in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
The new security measures were taken after some gunmen yesterday attacked the agency’s office in Abuja.
The annex office is where high-profile suspects are investigated.
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The gunmen stormed the facility in the early hours of Wednesday, August 16 but they were repelled by guards.
They dropped a death threat for a senior investigator, Ishaku Sharu, who heads the Foreign Exchange Malpractices Fraud.
Sharu is said to be saddled with the ongoing probe of several politically exposed persons and retired military chiefs.
The EFCC has reported the attack to the olice, while detectives from the police headquarters have been deployed to investigate the incident.
Some forensic and ballistic experts are said to be part of the police probe team.
“The attack on the Zone 7 office, which houses the Commission’s AMCON Desk, Procurement Fraud and Foreign Exchange Malpractices Sections, is coming few weeks after another investigator, Austin Okwor, was shot and injured by unknown assailants in Port Harcourt, Rivers state,” a statement by EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren noted.
An EFCC source quoted in the report, said most top officers managing high-profile cases had been receiving threat messages in the past few months.
“None of us has been spared, but we did not envisage that the situation will degenerate to violent attacks on our office.
“Security has been beefed up at the affected annex office and other strategic safe houses of EFCC,” the source said.
Meanwhile, Nigeria's minister of finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has revealed that there are plans to set up a functioning whistle-blower policy office.
The minister revealed this on Tuesday, August 15, in Abuja while speaking about the impact of the whistle-blower policy introduced by the present administration.
According to her, the whistle-blower office will be domiciled in the ministry of finance to protect individuals who provide information to the government.
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