Jan 18, 2013 – Two Fake EFCC Officials Arrested In Abuja (Tanimu Abubakar, Mohammed Yaba)
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said today it has arrested two suspects, Tanimu Abubakar (also known as Ibrahim) and Mohammed Yaba, for allegedly parading themselves as officials of the Commission.
Abubakar and Yaba were picked up in Abuja on Tuesday when they showed up at the Federal Capital Territory Authority offering to assist a director of the agency to kill a petition allegedly written against him, the EFCC said in a statement. Following contact made with the commission, the suspects were arrested.
The statement described the arrests as the latest in “rising incidences” of impersonation of EFCC officials by fraudsters who use fake letterheads to write bogus invitation letters to members of the public.
“Some citizens with issues to hide have unwittingly fallen victims to these fraudsters,” the statement said. “Most victims usually do not report to the Commission and some go away with the erroneous impression that the fraudsters are bona fide officials of the EFCC.”
It implored members of the public to report any solicitation for gratification by any person claiming to be an official of the EFCC to the Commission or the nearest police station.[source]