NAF Barges Into EFCC office After Seven Of Their Colleagues Were Arrested For Internet Fraud
In a brazen display of disregard for due process, Nigerian Air Force (NAF) personnel stormed the Kaduna State Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday, November 17, in an attempt to forcibly secure the release of seven of their colleagues arrested for alleged involvement in internet fraud, Aso Naija Reports.
The incident unfolded around 10 am when NAF officers, armed and in three Hilux patrol vans, descended upon the EFCC office, effectively blockading the premises and preventing EFCC officials from entering or exiting.
The tension escalated as both sides engaged in a heated confrontation, with Channel Television reporting that Air Force officers and EFCC security personnel even brandished their weapons at each other.
The EFCC, through its spokesman Dele Oyewale, clarified that the arrested individuals, including one Nigerian Army service member and six NAF personnel, were apprehended on Monday for their involvement in internet-related fraud.
The commission emphasized that the suspects were in its custody pending the completion of its investigation and subsequent prosecution.
The NAF’s aggressive actions to obstruct the EFCC’s lawful operations raise serious concerns about the organization’s adherence to the rule of law and its commitment to combating cybercrime.
Such actions undermine public trust in both the NAF and the EFCC, and hinder efforts to address the growing menace of internet fraud in Nigeria.
However, The authorities must investigate this incident thoroughly and take appropriate action against those responsible for disrupting the EFCC’s operations and undermining its mandate to fight financial crime.