Big Lie Exposed: EFCC Did Not Intercept N49m Cash At Kaduna Airport, Aviation Security Men Did – Investigation
By Danlami Nmodu
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC which announced that its operatives intercepted N49m cash at Kaduna airport on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 may have lied, Newsdiaryonline can authoritatively report.
Contrary to the information dished out to the general public by the EFCC, it was operatives of Aviation Security who actually intercepted what seemed to be abandoned bags which was later found to contain cash.
Informed sources in Aviation Ministry told Newsdiaryonline that it was the aviation Security men who intercepted the bags of cash and later contacted EFCC office in Kaduna.
An official said “It was during baggage screening that five sacks containing undeclared bulk money were found. Our aviation security men tried to inquire from the owner but nobody showed up and the sacks were therefore kept aside.”
Newsdiaryonline learned that the sacks had no tags. At some point, the aviation security men decided to transfer the bags with cash to EFCC for necessary further action.”Our operatives called them (EFCC),” one angry ministry official disclosed
“It took EFCC operatives about an hour or more to come over to the airport.When they came the money was counted and handed over. Three operatives of aviation security accompanied EFCC operatives to their Kaduna office and the statement of our aviation security men were obtained as witnesses,” the official said,
Highly placed sources in the aviation Ministry said they were surprised that EFCC claimed they intercepted the cash based on intelligence. “Don’t believe everything EFCC has said concerning the N49m cash.Our men intercepted the cash and handed them over to EFCC”, a senior official in the Ministry told Newsdiaryonline in Abuja. “How can they claim to have detected the money at the airport?” a top aviation official asked.
Attempts to get official reaction from FAAN and NCAA failed.
Meanwhile the EFCC has debunked a report that the announcement of the N49million cash saga was a stunt to aid the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as EFCC chairman at the Senate.
EFCC Spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren said in a statement Thursday: “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to a report which appeared on page 10 of Thisday Newspaper of Thursday March 16, 2017 claiming that the N49million recovered by operatives of the Commission at the Kaduna international Airport on Monday March 13, 2017 was a stunt purportedly intended to sway the senate to confirm Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu’s nomination as EFCC Chairman.
“This claim, which the newspaper attributed to ghost sources in the Senate, to say the least, is ludicrous, smacks of mischief and intended to rub in the unfortunate proceedings of March 15 in the Senate, where Magu’s nomination as EFCC Chair was rejected.
“Quoting an unnamed Senate source, Thisday reported that “the N49million was allegedly planted by officials of the EFCC at the airport exactly one day to Magu’s screening and confirmation by the Senate to give the semblance of an agency head that was competent and one with a wide dragnet”. It further added that, “we have it on good authority that the N49million was planted by the EFCC to create the impression that Magu is working and a major crime-bursting (sic) czar.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, the EFCC is a serious and responsible agency which is not associated with frivolity and could not have engaged in any make-belief scheme to impress anybody. The reputation that the agency has today is built on solid and verifiable evidence of effectiveness in law enforcement that is acknowledged the world over. The record of conviction and recovery of stolen assets which have endeared the EFCC to Nigerians was not built on the quicksand of vain glory.
“When the EFCC stormed the suburbs of Kaduna in February and recovered over $9.7million from the home of Andrew Yakubu, a former Group Managing Director of the NNPC, was that a stunt to sway the Senate for confirmation? When the Commission traced, recovered and confiscated $15m and $115m from Patience Jonathan and Diezani Allison Madueke respectively, were those stunts to curry the favour of the Senate?
“The tens of billions of naira recovered from military officers, politicians and even newspapers publishers from the $2.1billion arms procurement scandal in the Office of the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, were those also a stunt?
“Only the criminally gullible will not see through the intent of the Thisday report which is clearly fabricated to embarrass.