Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested a 32-year old Boniface Oburuku for stealing a handbag at an event organised by the commission.
The bag belonged to an international guest from the Republic of Mauritius.
He stole the bag at the ceremony which was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari and other international dignitaries.
The suspect has apologised to President Buhari for the theft.
According to a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Dele Oyewale, “The bag contained the female victim’s two Samsung mobile phones, an international passport, United States Dollars, Nigerian and Mauritian currencies.
The statement said: “Oburuku committed the crime on June 11, 2019 at an event organised 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.
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.
“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.”