The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has taken delivery of 24 high-end ballistic vests donated by the Philadelphia Police Department in the United States of America to enhance the operations of the anti-graft agency.
The support from the US Police came even as the chairman of the EFCC, Mrs. Farida Waziri, ordered the immediate repatriation of three posh Mercedes Benz cars worth over 350,000 Euros to the German police. The automobiles were recovered from fraudsters in Lagos by EFCC operatives. The vehicles were fraudulently shipped to Lagos in February 2009 by a Nigerian fraudster, John Aban, and two German accomplices who had already been arrested, prosecuted and convicted in Germany.
Impressed with the pro-activeness of EFCC in tackling crime, the Philadelphia police department had, at the 244th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico , Virginia, early this year promised to offer logistics support to the EFCC. This promise culminated in the donation of the ballistic vests which arrived two weeks ago.
In response to the gesture, the EFCC boss, in a letter yesterday, said the vests would go a long way in strengthening anti-graft activities by the agency.
Following a request from German Police, the EFCC traced and recovered the said vehicles from a compound in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The German police had, in a letter of appreciation to the EFCC, thanked it “for the prompt and professional reaction to my request, leading to the seizure of the three luxury vehicles.”
“I was really impressed though not surprised since I have experienced your cooperation over the past three and a half years”, Dominik Muller, the Police liaison officer said in the letter.