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Shake-up in EFCC, 20 top officers redeployed to police force

Police Force

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has experienced another shake-up as 20 Zonal and Heads of sections have been redeployed from the commission to the police.

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission

With the clamour for trained EFCC cadets to take direct charge of investigations, the deployment is seen as a plan to end police coordination of the agency.

It was gathered that the officers affected by the redeployment, known as crack detectives, had worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Metropolitan Police and the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Although the crack detectives had positively impacted the operations of the EFCC, the government has opted to move police officers in the EFCC as it is no longer comfortable with a large number of experienced police detectives at the agency.

A source, who spoke in confidence, told the Nation that: “The government has effected another shake up in line with the ongoing overhauling of the system. A generation of detectives is affected including zonal officers and heads of sections.

“Our fears border on the fact that some high-profile cases might suffer because investigation and trial of suspects may have to start afresh.

“I think there should have been a timeline for the de-secondment of these officers. We should not allow gaps which can erode the gains the EFCC has made in the last few years.”

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