On Thursday, the National Aviation Handling Company at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, was raided by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission[EFCC].
According to Punch, operatives of EFCC, stormed the complex in the evening of Thursday, immediately restricting movement in and out of the premises.
During the restriction which reportedly lasted three hours, major searches were carried out on some computer systems in key offices within the complex, and the audit department, was one of them.
After the search was concluded, junior officers, were asked to go home while some senior officers were made to stay put for questioning. The likes of the company secretary, the head of Internal Audit and other some other senior members of staff, were among those made to satay back for questioning.
Sources also revealed 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
EFCC, eventually left without taking any documents but asked that some key officers report to the comision on a later date for further questioning.
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The spokesperson for EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, when contacted said he had no knowledge about the raid but would do his findings and get back to reporters, but, the Manager, Corporate Communications and Services, NAHCO AVIANCE, Mr. Tayo Ajakaye, confirmed the raid.
According to a statement which he later sent:
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.
He further noted that the reason for the raid is still unknown as the EFCC officials refused to give a reason for their visit.