Fake DSS operative arrested for stealing at EFCC Anti-Corruption Summit


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a 32-year old Boniface Oburuku for stealing a handbag at an event organized by the commission.

A statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Dele Oyewale revealed that the bag which contained two Samsung mobile phones, an international passport, United States Dollars, Nigerian and Mauritian currencies belonged to an female international guest from the Republic of Mauritius.

Oburuku who stole the bag at the ceremony which was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari and other international dignitaries has apologized to President Buhari for the theft.

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.

The statement said: “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.

“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 apologized 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.”