Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) - The State Security Service (SSS), yesterday at the Government House, Makurdi, Benue State, arrested three fake officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) who allegedly came to defraud Governor Gabriel Suswam of the sum of $300 million.
The suspects are Mark Gbaa, alias Nasiru Nasamu, an indigene of Tombu village in Buruku local government area of Benue State, Ashon Bulus Agutom and Nuhu Bawa, all of Jos East local government area of Plateau State.
They had claimed to be officials of the EFCC detailed to the state to collect the said amount from Governor Suswam for his "unresolved cases" with the commission.
In Makurdi yesterday, the director of SSS in Benue, Mr Rasheed Adediran, who paraded the suspects, said two of them, Bulus, an employee of the College of Health Technology, Pankshin and Nuhu, a mobile policeman in the Nigerian Mobile Police headquarters, Abuja, had come to the Government House, Makurdi on February 21, 2013 and claimed to be personnel of the EFCC.
Adediran said the two suspects were held at the Government House when they disclosed that it was one Mark Gbaa, a resident of Jos that sent them to the governor to collect money meant for resolving his numerous unsolved cases with the anti-graft agency.
He stated that it was the arrest of the duo that led to the nabbing of their gang leader, Gbaa, in Jos. He further said that one person was still at large and that investigation into the matter was on going.
However, Gbaa told journalists that he was a consultant on conflict resolution and that he had held talks with Governor Suswam who, he claimed, gave him approval to do business with him. He confessed sending members of his gang with a written letter to the governor, but said he was never an official of the EFCC.
By Solomon Ayado