A 32-year old, who passed himself off as Department of State Services, DSS officer and stole from a guest of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been arrested.
The suspect, Boniface Oburuku, committed the crime on June 11, 2019 at the National Democracy Day and Anti-Corruption Summit held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja and organised by the EFCC with President Muhammadu Buhari in attendance.
Oburuku having impersonated DSS officer to beat security that was in place and gain access to the venue went on to steal from a Mauritian, who was the commission’s guest, according to a statement released by the anti-graft’s spokesman, Dele Oyewale.
It reads in part: “The bag contained the female victim’s two Samsung mobile phones, an international passport, United States Dollars, Nigerian and Mauritian currencies.
“Oburuku committed the crime on June 11, 2019 at an event organized by the EFCC to mark the year’s National Democracy Day and Anti-Corruption Summit at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, which had in attendance, President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerian security chiefs, respected citizens and global leaders.
“For over one year, the suspect has been on the Commission’s watch list and was eventually arrested in Lagos few days ago.
“Narrating how the suspect was tracked down, the team leader, Counter- Terrorism and General Investigations Unit of the EFCC, said the Commission swung into action through intelligence on the suspect all over the country, which showed that he was constantly on the move from Mpape area of the FCT to Jabi and later to Gwagwalada, all in the FCT.
“He finally settled in Lagos where he was arrested.
“Investigations also revealed that, to breach security at the day’s event, Oburuku dressed smartly in a black suit and claimed to be of the Department of State Security (DSS) and was allowed access into the venue by security agents on duty without presentation of an invite.
“While confessing to the crime, Oburuku apologised to President Buhari, the EFCC and his Mauritian victim.
“He called on others who are into fraudulent and criminal activities to turn a new leaf.”
“He would soon be charged to court.”