Six senior officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), have entered the Commission’s trap over alleged falsification of their age records; dates of birth.
This was believed to have been detected during a promotion interview for senior EFCC operatives recently.
A credible source said that the officers allegedly falsified their ages in an attempt to confer an ‘unfair advantage’ to themselves over their colleagues, who also participated in the interview exercise.
“The offence of the six senior officers bordered on forgery and conferring unfair advantage to themselves.
“And they did so by altering their dates of birth in their personal files,” the source said.
According to the source, who asked not to be named, the identified senior operatives of the Commission involved in the age racketeering were hoping that they would get their years in the service extended, beyond their retirement ages.
Checks indicate that some senior EFCC officers who were discovered to have altered their birth records in the past were punished with demotions to lower levels or outright retirement from the service.
According to EFCC law, any person involved in forgery shall be sanctioned and prosecuted for falsifying/altering official records for personal gain or any other offence.
Another top management officer of the Commission said: “Our Chairman, Mr. Bawa is more concerned about protecting the integrity of our Commission and its staff and he will surely be in a dilemma if such allegations are established against some of our best staff.
“This is because, some of the accused senior officers are very good at their job and they did not forge certificates of qualifications and experience. In addition, the so-called age falsification is yet to be established against any one of them as they are still very innocent.”