Tension in EFCC over Tunde Ogunsakin's removal (10/05/2009)
Tension in EFCC over Tunde Ogunsakin's removal
Ogunsakin, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), was removed last week Tuesday and redeployed to the Force Headquarters following allegations that he contracted a student to sit for an examination on his behalf at the Law faculty of the University of Abuja, where he is currently undergoing a programme.
Reports had further alleged that Ogunsakin
paid the student a hefty sum of N500,000 to write the examination for him in proxy, just as he
was said to be enjoying the support of a Deputy Dean of Faculty, whom he
bought an expensive Toyota car to curry his
favour when necessary.
Interestingly, when the scandal blew open, the EFCC
moved swiftly to investigate the incident even when the authorities of the University of Abuja
were yet to commence inquiry on the matter.
During its investigation, the EFCC operatives reportedly attempted to take possession of Ogunsakin's unmarked script for the Equity course, an examination he
wrote on April 29, 2009, three weeks after the scandal broke.
The operatives also took the bank account of the student, who allegedly wrote the examination for the erstwhile EFCC boss.
However, the confessional statement of Bright Edobor, the 500-level Law student at the centre of the alleged examination scam, has introduced a new twist into the saga, claiming that he
had been under pressure by some EFCC officials with a promise of a soft-landing and other juicy offers if only he
could testify to implicate Ogunsakin
Similarly, Kwara State-born Yinka Afolayan, a 400-level student of the Department of Public and International Law, who admitted being a close friend to Ogunsakin
, said he
takes full responsibility for the incident, which he
said, resulted in his
bid to assist a friend without his
Edobor said he
is therefore at a loss as to why some top officials of the EFCC want him to nail Ogunsakin
, with a promise of adequate security protection as well as sponsorship to a school of his
choice outside the shores of the country.
In a confessional statement dated April 30, 2009, Edobor denied either meeting Ogunsakin
or being contracted by him to sit for an examination.
"They went further promising to sponsor my schooling abroad if I am afraid that their boss (Ogunsakin) will deal with me if I lie against him.
"Some others spoke about helping me with finances, but I out-rightly refused to see any of them.
I told some of them that my conscience will not permit such an act of false witness…As a result of the pressure I was getting from the people who claimed to be EFCC official, I sensed that they were trying to use me to blackmail him [Ogunsakin].
"It is important to note that it was a test I wrote for the said Tunde Ogunsakin
and not examination though, without his
consent, and I have decided to make this fact public because of the attitude of the EFCC officials who came to interrogate me on April 29, 2009, as they tried to make me say that DCP Tunde sent me, but I couldn't do that because my conscience could not let me".
Evidently, Bright's revelation suggested that all had not been well at the top hierarchy of the EFCC since the present leadership assumed office, and Ogunsakin may have fallen victim of high-tech conspiracy and power-play, which eventually saw him being eased out last week.
In fact, Sunday Sun findings revealed that that the removal of Ogunsakin
was the hallmark of a sustained game of distrust, intrigues and suspicion between him and the Commission's chairman, Mrs. Farida Waziri.
Unwilling to bear the degrading treatment, Sunday Sun gathered that Ogunsakin
had once confronted her
on the issue, and she
promised to reverse the situation.
Sources close to the EFCC
Besides operational differences, Sunday Sun further gathered Ogunsakin
may have fallen out of favour with his
boss following his
show of displeasure on her
manner of handling some sensitive investigations, especially those involving some ex-governors, top politicians and some members of the National Assembly.
decision to contract the services of security consultants some of whom engaged in blackmailing in the name of the EFCC
, was also said to be a source of ripples at the Commission.
Ironically, Sunday Sun gathered that Ogunsakin
had, indeed, written a letter of resignation which he
was yet to present to President Umaru Yar'Adua, before his