EFCC probes Special Forces’ training in Belarus, others
THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has
begun investigation into all security transactions that took
place under the immediate past National Security Adviser,
Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).
Investigations revealed that the 27-member task force, set
up by the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu,
started a discreet investigation into all the operations of the
former office of the ex-NSA penultimate week.
It was gathered that the current probe of the EFCC focused
not only on the amount of money spent on the procurement
of arms for the military but also on personnel training
outside the country.
A security source said on Monday that the EFCC Task Force
was probing the training of Special Forces in some Eastern
earmarked for the training of 750 Special Forces in Belarus
and other Eastern European countries, were spent.
The security operatives, who were trained specifically to
raise an elite force against the Boko Haram menace, were
drawn from the Nigerian Police, the Department of State
Services, the Nigerian Army, the Air Force and the Navy.
The Special Forces, who went for the training in September
2014, arrived in the country in December, 2014 and were
immediately deployed in the operational areas of the North-
East in March, 2015.
It was gathered that the select security personnel were
trained in counter- terrorism, counter-insurgency, handling
of rocket propelled grenades, machine guns and other
former NSA, was among some personnel of the office being
interrogated in relation to the ongoing probe into arms
procurement under former President Goodluck Jonathan.
It was learnt that the EFCC Task Force sent out letters to
the affected personnel and commenced arresting them
The source said some of the suspects had been in detention
of the EFCC for nine days.
The source added, “It is true that over 20 people have been
arrested in connection with various security-related
contracts awarded during the period under probe.
“They were picked up on different occasions over a week
ago and have since been detained by the EFCC. Nobody
knows why they are being kept for more than the 48 hours
required by law.
“Another thing you must note is that the probe is touching
on core security issues now. One of those detained was the
person who handled the special training for Special Forces
“Those who were trained in Belarus were 750 security
personnel selected from the DSS, the Police, the Army,
Navy and the Air Force.”
The source could not give the exact amount involved in the
Also, the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr.
Wilson Uwujaren, told our correspondent on the telephone
that he had not been briefed on the issue.
He said, “I cannot comment on this story because I have
not received any briefing on it.”