The Adamawa State Police Headquarters in Jimeta, Yola North Local Government Area, was reportedly attacked by gunmen early on Wednesday, frightening the locals of Yola.
Daily Trust claims that while SP Suleiman Nguroje, the state police public relations officer, acknowledged the attack, he also stated that everything was under control.Nguroje said, “The attack was repelled, but the identities of those behind it was unknown.”
The newspaper quoted a source as alleging that the attackers were military personnel on a revenge mission, following the alleged killing of a military officer by the police.
Although the newspaper said it could not independently verify if military personnel were involved, but the police said investigations were ongoing to ascertain the cause of the attack and those behind it.
According to news reports, that there was a faceoff last Friday between officials of the EFCC and some personnel of the Nigerian Air Force at the Kaduna Zonal Command of the anti-graft agency.
It was said that the NAF staff rushed the commission’s office, hoping to free their colleagues who had been detained by EFCC agents earlier for allegedly trying to forcefully release fraud suspects from detention.
The state’s anti-graft office announced that on Monday, its agents detained five individuals at a restaurant in the Barnawa region of the state after receiving reliable information about their purported involvement in online fraud.
The names of the suspected fraudsters are Favour Itung, Rachael Ande, Zuleiman Haruna, Abubakar Ismaila, and Solomon Olobatoke, according to a statement issued on Friday by EFCC spokesman Dele Oyewale.
However, the EFCC reported that six military personnel who were present during the sting operation assaulted the restaurant’s Kaduna Command and attempted to forcefully release the fraud suspects who had been apprehended. However, they were restrained and imprisoned due to the security breach.
Four Air Force members—Lawal Abdullahi, Chukwuma Christian, Alfa Suleiman, and Emmanuel Ekwozor—as well as two students from the Nigerian Air Force Institute of Technology, Chidera Anuba and Joseph Tokula, are the invaders, according to the anti-graft agency.
The EFCC further stated that interagency talks and contact were held while the detainee was being held by the EFCC and NAF leadership in order to settle the issue.
The statement added, “Unfortunately, dialogue on the release of the combative Air Force personnel broke down on Friday, November 17, 2023, when some unruly NAF Officers stormed the Kaduna Command in a commando-style, to forcefully release their detained colleagues.
“The EFCC exercised restraint in the face of the provocation and flagrant abuse of power.
“The Commission continued to engage with the leadership of the Nigeria Air Force and released the officers to the NAF Provost after they had been duly profiled.
“The EFCC wishes to assure the public that it will continue to carry out its statutory mandate of tackling all cases of economic and financial crimes, without let or hindrance.”