The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, this morning, announced the arrest of Boniface Oburuku, a 32-year-old man who impersonated as a State Security Service operative to evade security settings at a National Democracy Day and Anti – Corruption Summit organised by the EFCC last year on the 11th of June, 2019 in which President Muhammadu Buhari was in attendance, to steal a hand bag belonging to one of the international guests at the event, a woman from Mauritius. The bag contained two Samsung mobile handsets, an international passport, a substantial amount of United States dollars, Mauritian and Nigerian currencies.
There has been a rise in the incidence of criminals impersonating as operatives of vital federal government agencies and parastatals, as well as police or military service personnel, misleading unsuspecting Nigerians into getting scammed or robbed or kidnapped.
Oburuku has been watched by operatives of the EFCC since then, and was observed to be constantly moving from Mpape, a suburb close to Wuse, to Jabi, close to Utako, and to Gwagwalada on the Kaduna – Lokoja Expressway. He was eventually arrested in Lagos few days ago, where he eventually settled.
The robbery happened at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. The event was attended by the President, Nigeria’s Security Chiefs, global leaders and decision makers, as well as respected other respected Nigerian and foreign citizens.
Narrating how Oburuku was tracked down, the team leader, Counter-Terrorism & General Investigations Unit of the EFCC, said the Commission swung into action through an intelligence on the suspect nationwide, 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.
In order to beat security setup, Oburuku dressed smartly in black suit and lied to the security personnel that he is of the Department of State Security (DSS). Consequently, he was granted entrance into the venue by security agents on duty without presentation of an invite.
The EFCC said that he would soon be charged to court.
Oburuku apologised to President Buhari, the EFCC and his Mauritian victim and advised others who are into fraudulent and criminal activities to change and become good citizens.