The seven serving military personnel accused of engaging in internet-related fraud have been released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The suspects, who include six members of the Nigerian Air Force and one Army personnel, were detained by the anti-graft organization’s Kaduna Zonal office on Monday and placed under remand for further investigation and possibly prosecution.
However, on Friday morning, armed Nigerian Air Force soldiers broke into the EFCC office at Number 4 Wurno Road in the capital of Kaduna State to demand that their colleagues be released from custody.
At around 10 a.m., soldiers arrived at the EFCC office in five Hilux patrol vans and surrounded the commission’s main gate, making it impossible for members of the organization to enter or exit their offices.
The Air Force personnel and EFCC security personnel got into a fight over the situation and threatened to shoot each other in the face.
The suspects were released after a brief meeting between the EFCC Zonal Head and the Air Force team’s commander calmed nerves.
Dele Oyewale, an EFCC spokesman, responded to the incident by telling Channels Television over the phone that the suspects would be released after an investigation and forensic profiling were finished.
“In the face of the provocation and blatant abuse of power, the EFCC exercised restraint.” After the officers had been properly profiled, the Commission released them to the NAF Provost, according to Oyewale in another statement released late on Friday.
Source: Channels TV