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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday- said that only the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) was being investigated in the aviation sector.
The EFCC spokesperson, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. NAN reports that the other aviation agencies are the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) and Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet).
Uwujaren confirmed that the Managing Director of NAMA, Mr Ibrahim Abdulsalam, and some other top officials of the agency were in the custody of the commission over alleged financial impropriety.
“It is not about the aviation industry; if any agency or person has issues, that is when the commission comes in.
“It is a specific matter, but I can’t go into details now because we are still carrying out investigation,” he said. A reliable source had earlier told NAN that Abdulsalam and the two other directors were arrested on Friday night after over eight hours of interrogation by EFCC team of investigators.
The source said the heavily armed operatives had stormed NAMA headquarters and its annex office at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos around 11.55 am.
“For several hours, the operatives detained staffers of the agency and kept them incommunicado until the search was over,” the source said. According to the source, the anti-graft operatives zeroed in on the Accounts and Procurement Departments of NAMA and carted away some documents.