The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested and detained one of its operatives, whose name was given as Uzodinma Kingsley Agbazue for demanding and taking a bribe of N15 million from a Nigerian lawmaker under investigation for undisclosed financial crime.
Agbazue (a Deputy Detective Superintendent, DDS) was on Thursday disarmed and detained as a result of a complaint lodged by the Nigerian lawmaker that he collected the cash with an assurance to kill the case involving him or at least, give him a ‘“soft landing” in his matter with the anti-graft agency by giving in the investigation.
“He had approached me, claiming he (Agbazue) had been mandated by the officer handling the case to discuss and reach an agreement on how to “kill the case, “said the complainant.
“Following the approach, a sum of N15 million was given to Agbazue whose plan collapsed after the Investigating officer, who was unaware of his scheme, declined his bidding.
As the investigation gathered momentum after the official as parted with the hefty sum, the complainant became bumpy and demanded a refund.
According to the complainant, when he demanded for the refund of his money, Agbazue only returned N5million claiming that the balance of N10 million had been given to someone “to kill the case from the top”.
“He also purported that the operative had earlier collected N1 million at a different time as aid for settlement of his wife’s medical bill.