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EFCC Raids NBC, Arrest’s One, Carts Away Vital Documents

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, raided the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on Monday, in search of its account officer.

The operatives, whose mission was to arrest the Director of Finance, Mr. Patrick Areh, and other senior officials, were disappointed as they were not on seat. However, the operatives moved on to ransack some offices, especially in the finance department and were said to have carted away vital documents.

It is believed that most of the top of officials of the NBC may have received information concerning the raid, including the Director General, Mr. Emeka Mba, as they were all said to have disappeared from the premises, while some were still on leave.

The investigators, who arrived at the commission around 11a.m., spent about four hours in search of documents, and interviewed some officials of the commission before they left at about 3p.m.

According a NBC source, “They came around 11a.m., one EFCC officer and two others dressed in police uniform. They requested to see some people, including the Director of Finance, Mr. Patrick Areh, but the director was on leave.

“They eventually went ahead to ransack offices and arrested a staff in the finance department. I wish I knew what they were looking for; probably they were acting on a tip-off. They came and mentioned the names of the people they wanted to speak with, some of them were around, while some were not around. Eventually they spoke with some people and searched the office.”

Upon enquiry, the EFCC however, feigned ignorance of the operation.

The spokesman of the agency, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said he was not aware that any staff from the commission visited the NBC. “I am not aware of such operation,” he said.