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Hoodlums Open Fire On EFCC Officials In Imo, Abuja




Hoodlums Open Fire On EFCC Officials In Imo, Abuja

Hoodlums suspected to be political thugs have attacked a team of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at Unit 001, Mann Primary School behind Chorobim junction, Imo State.

Speaking with reporters in Abuja, the spokesman of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, said the gunmen opened fire on the EFCC operatives who were on election monitoring duty on Saturday.

He said the attackers who were in two black Prado SUVs and one white Hilux outside the polling unit were suspected to be buying votes.

Uwujaren disclosed that the anti-graft operatives responded, forcing the political thugs to flee the scene.

Thugs Attack EFCC Officials In Abuja

Uwujaren also said suspected political thugs attacked a team of EFCC officials, who were on duty monitoring the presidential and national assembly elections.

He said the thugs were attacked near Chief’s palace in Bwari Area council of the FCT following the arrest of a man who allegedly masterminded a vote-buying procedure at the polling unit situated at Science Primary School, Bwari.

Uwujaren explained that the team had arrested the suspect, said to be about 30 years old, and retrieved from him a list of beneficiaries he had already paid some money to, through an online banking app.

He said, “It was at the point of moving the suspect away from the polling unit that the thugs attacked, smashing the windshield of the Commission’s patrol van.

“They only retreated into their hideouts after the commission’s operative responded by releasing warning shots, before members of the Joint Task Force team comprising the Department of State Services, the Nigeria Police, and others arrived the scene.”

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Uwujaren said the incident had been reported at the Bwari Police Station, saying the commission would not be intimidated by any element in carrying out its constitutional duties.