A detective from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Uzodinma Agbazue, is reported to have collected a N15 million bribe from a senator being investigated for corruption. According to an EFCC statement, the unnamed senator claimed Agbazue demanded the bribe to ‘settle’ his bosses at the top and ‘kill the case’.
The bubble blew for Agbazue when he was unable to manipulate the senator’s case, hence the latter’s demand for refund.
“Following the approach, a sum of N15m was given to Agbazue whose game plan collapsed after the Investigating officer, who was ignorant of his scheme, refused to do his bidding.
“With the investigation gathering increased momentum after parting with the hefty sum, the complainant became uncomfortable and demanded a refund. The complainant stated that, when he requested for the refund of his money, Agbazue only returned N5m claiming that the balance of N10m had been given to someone to kill the case from the top,” the EFCC said.
The statement added that Agbazue collected N1m at a different time as assistance for settlement of his wife’s medical bill.
“Agbazue’s action is in contravention of the commission’s mandate and ideals as the EFCC will not solicit or accept gratification from a suspect to compromise a case under investigation. The suspect will be subjected to administrative action as precursor to possible prosecution at the end of the investigation,” the statement read.
The affected operative has reportedly been arrested.