Disquiet In EFCC Over Secret Transfer Of Senior Officers Back To The Police
There is another uneasy calm growing in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC over an on-going secret transfer of senior police officers out of the anti-graft agency back to the police force.
It was gathered that most of the officers affected by the secret transfer so far are those in the Economic Governance, EG Unit of the agency.
The officers, it was further learnt are those handling the investigation and prosecution of high profile suspects such as past governors, ministers and other top government officials including those involved in the oil subsidy scam. It was also gathered that the clandestine transfer is being handled by the office of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase under the guise that the affected officers have spent more than five years in EFCC.
“The irony of this development however is that there is no police officer in EFCC today who has not spent more than five years in the Commission including the Chairman, Director of Operations and other Directors and Heads of Departments who are police officers. Most of these people have been there since the inception of the Commission in 2003. So, why target a few of us for secret transfer?”, one of the affected officers who spoke to our correspondent asked rhetorically.
It was not however clear whether the transfer is with the consent of the acting Chairman of the Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu. A top senior officer at the Police Force Headquarters in Abuja who craved for anonymity confirmed the transfer, stressing that “it is unfortunate that there are pressures and immense lobby by many officers who also want to be posted to the EFCC because of the money their colleagues there make. So, the police hierarchy has no option than to send out those that have stayed above five years in the Commission and take some fresh people there.”
The development is however creating disquiet in the Commission especially among police officers who have continued to struggle to dominate and control all the structures in the agency. This has not gone down well with regular cadets of the Commission who have continued to demand total autonomy and independence of the Commission from the control of the Police, who they believe have entrenched the menace of corruption in the EFCC.
“Those of us affected believe if the policy of five years is being applied, then everyone who has stayed beyond five years should be sent back to the police or better still all police officers should leave the agency to function as an independent law enforcement agency like the NDLEA, FRSC and Civil Defence Corps among others, instead of targeting a few of us that have no godfathers in government”, another officer who was also affected told our correspondent at a location in Abuja today.
It was further gathered that some of those who have gotten their transfer signals are in the rank of Superintendent of Police, SP and Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP. Some of them have also been posted to states in their zones of origin.