The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested not less than eight persons for crimes bordering on criminal breach.
Aliyu Ismaila; Abubakar Jibrin; Abdulsalam Ado; Ibrahim Babangida; Reuben Dauda; Hassan Aliyu; Sani Yusuf and Murtala Mohammed were picked up by EFCC operatives yesterday.
One EFCC employee, Nasiru Isa, was among those arrested by the anti-graft agency.
The crime syndicate was busted when they tried to gain access to a property seized from embattled retired Army General, Alex Badeh.
According to EFCC, “On August 30 the group was caught in the act of breaking into the property.
“They successfully overpowered the security guard at the entrance of the property.
“The property is currently under investigation by EFCC.
“The building is a subject of interest since it is linked to a N3.9 billion fraud case involving a former Chief of Defense Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd).
“The property was also linked to the wife of the former CDS.
“Shortly after the property was sealed, some individuals moved about 12 bags containing items linked to money laundering offence, into the property.
“On August 30, 2016 operatives of the EFCC as part of monitoring activities on the sealed property, had gone to site to execute a search.
“However, members of the syndicate took to their heels on sighting the operatives of the anti-graft agency.
“A carpenter, Yakubu Muhammad, who was hired by the syndicate was left behind and was subsequently arrested by the operatives.
“The carpenter confessed he was not in the know of the illicit activity. He said he was only brought in to unlock the property.
“Investigations revealed that one of those in the know about the goods was the brain behind the scheming to steal them.
“To further beef up the security aspect of the crime, Dauda had posed to be a senior staff with the EFCC, while Jibrin posed as an intelligence police officer in the office of the Inspector General’s office.
“They would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded,” EFFC said.