The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has given an Italian an “apology gift pack” containing champagne wine, and other souvenirs.
According to his lawyer, Akeem Fadun, the high-handed anti-graft body made the gesture to the foreigner after invading his privacy and finding nothing incriminating to nail him.
According to Mr. Fadun, the unnamed Italian was apprehended by anti-graft officers after they invaded his hotel room in Ibadan.
“Around 5:00 a.m. on Monday, the door to his hotel room was thrown open with a loud thud, heavily armed men shouted at them to raise their hands, and they were dragged out almost naked from the hotel, along with several others, and driven to the EFCC head office in Ibadan,” Mr. Fadun wrote on Facebook.
“Around 5:00 a.m. on Monday, the door to his hotel room was thrown open with a loud thud, heavily armed men shouted at them to raise their hands, and they were dragged out of the hotel, almost naked, along with several others, and driven to the EFCC head office in Ibadan,” Mr. Fadun wrote on Facebook.
The “gift” of apology included two bottles of wine, an EFCC-branded wall clock, and a card apologizing for their actions.
The body issued a statement on Monday stating that it had arrested 37 people in Ibadan and Oyo for Internet fraud. The arrest of the suspected fraudsters was confirmed by the Ibadan zonal office.
This new development comes as Nigerians have been protesting the anti-graft body’s Gestapo-style raids since Abdulrasheed Bawa was appointed as chairman.
Armed EFCC agents stormed the Lekki home of Big Brother Naija Lockdown housemate Dorathy Bachor on Monday. The reality TV star took to Instagram to describe how the EFCC broke into her home around 5:00 a.m., claiming they were looking for an Internet fraudster.
The EFCC confirmed the incident, claiming that its operatives from the Lagos command “executed a Search Warrant at a block of flats located in the Lekki area of Lagos on Monday, 23rd August 2021, during which nine internet fraud suspects were arrested.” The body also urged Nigerians to refrain from resisting arrests, despite the fact that the invasions were carried out after hours.
Armed EFCC operatives broke into the Parktonian Hotel in Lekki, Lagos, in July, gaining access to the occupants’ rooms by seizing master cards from hotel staff at gunpoint.
During the raid, some of the occupants were reportedly naked under the covers as the operatives interrogated them.
“The officers broke into my hotel room while I was sleeping,” said one victim. “The incident that occurred was simply too traumatic for me to recount.”
The EFCC, through its spokesman Wilson Uwajaren, escalated their actions, claiming that naked women were being used as shields during raids. He claimed that the sudden and forceful barge-ins were required to prevent suspects from destroying evidence.