Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin (rtd), a former Chief of Naval Staff, alleged operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are threatening his life.
Jibrin, in a letter to EFCC’s acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu said some officials of the anti-graft body plan to plant incriminating evidence on his properties.
Excerpts of the letter:
“I regret to state that my life has been under threat by operatives of the EFCC, since my retirement from active service of the Nigerian Navy on the 14 July 2015.
“I decided to put my thought in writing because of information made available to me from very reliable sources that plans have been concluded to plant incriminating evidence against me by operatives of the EFCC.
“I have observed that silence may not be golden after all in the face of some suspicious activities going around my properties by unknown elements. My life is at stake, my dignity is at stake, my integrity is at stake and my name is at stake,” Jibrin said.
He alleged that a ‘cabal’ in EFCC was responsible for his ordeal.
“Your organisation is been used by a cabal, who are very uncomfortable with my freedom and threatened by my unblemished record as the former CNS, who fought them to a standstill in their illegal bunkering and oil theft.
“It is worth noting that EFCC has conducted searches on me in eight locations without discovering incriminating evidence bordering on financial crimes. In most cases, my assets were destroyed in my absence, without a single apology from the commission or explanation as to why my properties were raided.”
Jibrin wrote further, that in all eight instances, no search warrants were produced before these raids were conducted “neither was I notified”.
He further explained that the EFCC has already charged him to court over a Navy Guest House, which was a safe house bought by the Navy under his watch.
Reacting to the allegation, Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman said Jibrin is a suspect under prosecution and the anti-graft body does not plant incriminating materials on suspects.