A tighter security ring has been thrown around Ibrahim Magu and key officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after a gun attack on its Abuja office.
The government has also reportedly tightened security around Magu’s mother resident in Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno state, as well as some other members of his family.
The new security measures were taken after some gunmen yesterday attacked the agency’s office in Abuja.
The gunmen on Wednesday left a message for one of the agency’s top investigators, Ishaku Sharu, who heads the Foreign Exchange Malpractices Fraud Section and is in charge of a corruption investigation involving several politically exposed persons and retired military brass hats.
The EFCC has reported the attack to the Police. Detectives have been deployed to investigate the incident.
Some forensic and ballistic experts are said to be part of the police probe team.
A statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of the anti-graft commission, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said: “A major security breach was recorded at the headquarters of the EFCC in the early hours of Wednesday, August 16, 2017 as unknown gunmen attacked the office located at Wuse Zone 7, Abuja.
“The group of heavily armed bandits invaded the office at about 05.00 hours and began shooting into the premises, damaging vehicles parked in the premises in the process. However, the attack was repelled by guards on duty.
“The hoodlums escaped in a getaway vehicle but not without leaving a message; a white envelope dropped by the fleeing attackers was found to contain a death threat addressed to Ishaku Sharu, a senior investigator with the Commission.
“Sharu, who heads the Foreign Exchange Malpractices Fraud Section, is in charge of corruption investigation involving several politically exposed persons and retired military brass hats.
“The attack on the Zone 7 office, which houses the Commission’s AMCON Desk, Procurement Fraud and Foreign Exchange Malpractices Sections, is coming few weeks after another investigator, Austin Okwor, was shot and injured by unknown assailants in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“The latest incident has already been reported to the police for investigation.”
An EFCC source told newsmen on Wednesday that security had been beefed up at the affected annex office and other strategic safe houses of the EFCC.