EFCC raids NAHCO Lagos office, summons officers

The Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission has raided the National
Aviation Handling Company at the Murtala
Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.
A source in the company confided in our
correspondent that the operatives of the
commission stormed the complex at about
5pm on Thursday and immediately
restricted movement in and out of the
premises.
It was learnt that during the operation
that lasted about three hours, the
operatives conducted a thorough search
on computers in some key offices,
including the Audit department.
After the search, the junior members of
staff were told to go home while they
questioned some senior workers.
The source said those quizzed included
the company secretary, the head of
Internal Audit and other some other senior
members of staff. It was gathered that
the raid might not be unconnected with
the sacking of a senior management
worker last Monday.
“They interrogated the company secretary,
the head of Audit department and some
heads of department, including asset
management, infrastructure and cargo and
the operatives didn’t leave until around
8pm,” the source said.
Even though the operatives left with no
documents, the key officers were
summoned to report to the commission at
a later date for further investigation.
When contacted to know more about the
raid and what date the officers were to
report to the commission, the
spokesperson for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson
Uwujaren, said he did not have the
information about the raid but that he
would find out and give our correspondent
a feedback, which he had yet to do as of
the time of filing this report.
But the Manager, Corporate
Communications and Services, NAHCO
AVIANCE, Mr. Tayo Ajakaye, when
contacted, confirmed the operatives’ visit.
He said the Chief Financial Officer, Mr.
Bamidele Adelaja, was available to attend
to them since the Managing Director and
the company secretary were not around.
A statement which he later sent by e-mail
to our correspondent on Sunday partly
read, “Unable to meet with any of the two
top company officials, they (the
operatives) then requested to see the
Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Bamidele
Adelaja, with whom they spent some time
sorting out some company documents
which they were interested in.
“The CFO confirmed that he was shown a
search warrant by the EFCC officials even
as he added that NAHCO was always
ready to cooperate with government
agencies and regulators in every way and
was ready to do so in the present case.
“The visit, which started around 4pm
ended a little after 7pm when the
operatives left with a few documents.”
Ajakaiye noted that the actual cause of
the visit remained unknown as the EFCC
officials were “tight lipped” about the
reason for their visit.

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