An international businessman, Jyde Adelakun, has petitioned against some officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of conspiring to extort N2 million bribe from him. Adelakun said his refusal to part with the money has led to his being framed up by the anti-graft body that led to the freezing of his Skye Bank account and the forgery of Department of Homeland Security Investigation, United States’ documents to incriminate him, and threats by them to kill him.
OPEN LETTER TO THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION/MINISTER OF JUSTICE, ABUJA: COMPLAINTS OF THREATS TO KILL, FORGERY OF DOCUMENTS AND FLAGRANT DISREGARD OF COURT ORDERS AGAINST OPERATIVES OF THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION’S (EFCC) OFFICIALS IN LAGOS
I, Jyde Adelakun, put forward my complaints of forgery and conspiracy against the following EFCC Operatives in Lagos: Abdulkarim Chukkol, Illiyaso Kwarbai, Gbolahan Latona,Mustapha Afeez and M.Kam Bashir, all working at the No. 15A Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos Office of EFCC; and Musa Giwa Yusuf, Zainab Majiadi and Ibelema Bristol, working at the Commission’s No. 7A Okotie- Eboh Street, Ikoyi, Lagos office, all of whom have committed forgery in this matter and threatened to kill me. The above-named officers committed forgery and fraudulently manufactured fake documents purported to have emanated from the Department of Homeland Security Investigation Officer in the United States of America (hereinafter referred to as ‘HSI’). The forged documents, presented as having originated from the office of the Department of HSI Attaché in Dakar, Senegal, are attached herewith as Exhibits A and B. The two exhibits had already been forwarded to the HSI, USA, for verification; and the verdict returned was that the documents were forged. Indeed, the HSI, USA, described the documents as false; and that they never emanated from the HSI Attaché’s office in Dakar, Senegal. Worse still, no HSI Attaché office is located in Dakar, Senegal.
The documents contained falsified logo; while the name used as signatory is quite strange and unknown to the HSI, USA administrative system. The HSI further referred any investigator of the fraudulent EFCC officers to the website of the Dept. of HSI Investigations for further verification/ confirmation online of the locations of HSI, USA attaché offices via www.ice.gov. In reference to the above mentioned, a written notarized confirmation was made by the Bank of America and is attached herewith as Exhibit JYDE 1. The truth and nothing but the truth was that the said EFCC operatives requested for N2 million bribe from me, which I bluntly refused to oblige them. From the day I rejected their request; they (EFCC operatives) unlawfully blocked my bank account and conspired with Skye Bank Plc to ask J P Morgan Chase Bank to write a petition of fraud against me. J P Morgan Chase Bank refused to play along with their rogue claims. However, the EFCC, Lagos, still went on to just charge me with the allegation that I received funds stolen from J P Morgan Chase Bank, regardless of the fact that there was no such claim from the J P Morgan Chase Bank against me. Next, the EFCC, Lagos, told me that if I don’t submit to their demands, they would frame charges to delay my funds from being released to me; and that they (EFCC Lagos) would do everything to show me that they had the power under the current government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
I had written two petitions on this matter to the Director, Internal Affairs, EFCC, Abuja, dated 30th July 2015 and 14th August 2015, without any response as yet – (see Exhibit JYDE 2). I have also sent petitions to the Lagos State Government; The Presidency, Abuja, the Senate, Inspector-General of Police, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC); and the Attorney-General of the Federation/ Minister of Justice, for the rule of law to prevail. What is more is the fact that the desperate EFCC officials are threatening to kill me. Such law enforcement agents constitute a serious threat to the security of lives and the safety of Nigerians when they and a few of their corrupt bosses shamelessly solicit for bribes and frame charges against innocent people who refused to do their biddings. I am a very good example sir. No Nigerian law supports the abuse of office of that magnitude, especially by security agents statutorily charged with securing lives and property (please also see exhibits JYDE 3). There are three subsisting orders from the Federal High Court, Lagos; and the High Court of Lagos State that all my properties should be released to me; and that my accounts be unfrozen and unblocked, with unrestricted access to my funds.
But instead of obeying the court order, the EFCC leadership in Lagos disregarded the court order. The Federal High Court bailiff that went to the EFCC Lagos office to serve the court judgement on the Commission was unlawfully detained. The unlawful act of the EFCC operatives in this matter had led to the death of my immediate sister (a secretary in our company), who was hospitalized at a time when the funds to pay for her treatment was being unlawfully blocked by the EFCC Lagos leadership in defiance of the said court judgments and order of the court dated 23rd September 2015. The situation at hand goes beyond mere threat to a citizen’s right to security and safety, but can be extended to mean an embarrassing threat to the security of the entire citizenry by errant members of a security agency recruited, kitted paid and maintained by the Nigerian government to execute legitimate security mandate on behalf of the nation and its citizens.
No individual or organisation, including the EFCC, should be permitted to act as if they are above the law. In addition to the above-mentioned, no Nigerian is safe the moment a national agency of government fabricates documents in order to pervert the course of justice. My case demands immediate response and resolution by higher authorities before the EFCC officials commit more harm against me, including making good their threat of killing me. Yours Truly Jyde Adelakun Cc: Inspector-General of Police; Presidency, Abuja; Senate President; EFCC National Office, Abuja and ICPC. Cc: Stephen E. Amallagoge & Co (Legal Practitioners & Notaries Public), 16 Amodu Ojikutu Street, Victoria Island, Lagos