EFCC and Air Force personnel engage in clash in Kaduna, causing chaos.

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Busy Bee November 17, 2023
Updated 2023/11/17 at 11:43 PM

Chaos erupted in Kaduna on Friday when personnel from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) clashed with operatives from the Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the apprehension of fraud suspects.

Eyewitnesses reported that Air Force officers blockaded the entrance to the EFCC zonal command office in Kaduna in response to the detention of some NAF personnel by the anti-graft agency.

Clarifying the situation, EFCC spokesperson Dele Oyewale stated that the conflict arose due to the arrest of suspected internet fraudsters. NAF personnel had reportedly stormed the EFCC facility to demand the release of these individuals.

Oyewale explained that the EFCC had apprehended five suspects on Monday for alleged internet fraud-related activities at a residential Inn and Disney Chicken Eatery in the Barnawa area of Kaduna metropolis. The suspects—Favour Itung, Rachael Ande, Zuleiman Haruna, Abubakar Ismaila, and Solomon Olobatoke—were arrested without incident.

Following the sting operation, six military personnel, who had witnessed the arrests at Disney Chicken Eatery, attempted to forcibly release the detained fraud suspects. The intruders, comprising four Air Force personnel (Lawal Abdullahi, Chukwuma Chidi Christian, Alfa Suleiman, and Emmanuel Ekwozor) and two students from the Nigerian Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Chidera Anuba and Joseph Tokula, were subdued and detained for the security breach.

“While in custody, there were ongoing communications and discussions between the leadership of the EFCC and the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to address the issues.

“Regrettably, negotiations for the release of the detained Air Force personnel reached an impasse on Friday, November 17, 2023, when some disruptive NAF officers forcefully stormed the Kaduna Command in a commando-style operation.

“In the face of this provocation and blatant abuse of power, the EFCC exercised restraint. The Commission continued its dialogue with the leadership of the Nigerian Air Force and eventually released the officers to the NAF Provost after completing their proper profiling,” stated Oyewale.

As of now, the Nigerian Air Force has not provided any comments on the incident.

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