Unidentified gunmen stormed the headquarters of anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) located at Wuse Zone 7in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital territory on Wednesday, August 16.
According to a statement issued by the EFCC Spokesperson, Wilson Uwajaren, the gunmen dropped a death threat addressed to Ishaku Sharu, a senior investigator with the commission.
Uwajaren also noted in the statement that the heavily armed gunmen damaged vehicles parked in the premises as they shot sporadically but could not make their way into the complex because security guards on duty repelled them.
“A major security breach was recorded at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the early hours of Wednesday, August 16, 2017, as unknown gunmen attacked the office located at Wuse Zone 7, Abuja,” he said.
“The group of heavily armed bandits invaded the office at about 05.00 hours and began shooting into the premises, damaging vehicles parked in the premises in the process. However, the attack was repelled by guards on duty.
“The hoodlums escaped in a getaway vehicle but not without leaving a message; a white envelope dropped by the fleeing attackers was found to contain a death threat addressed to Ishaku Sharu, a senior investigator with the commission. Ishaku who heads the foreign exchange malpractices fraud section is in charge of corruption investigation involving several politically exposed persons and retired military brass hats.
“The attack on the zone 7 office which houses the commission’s AMCON desk, procurement fraud and foreign exchange malpractices sections, is coming few weeks after another investigator, Austin Okwor was shot and wounded by unknown assailants in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.”
The EFCC Spokesperson furthered that the incident had already been reported to the police for investigation