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Oba of Benin accuses EFCC of aiding crimes

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THE monarch of Benin, Omo N’ Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, CFR, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of aiding crimes.

Oba Ewuare II, made the allegations when he received the newly deployed Benin Zonal Director of EFCC, Effa Okim, in his Palace in Benin City, the Edo State capital, on Monday. He tasked the Commission to fight crime without fear or favour.

The monarch cited a particular criminal investigation involving unnamed former palace officials who were arrested for fraud and handed over to EFCC in Benin for investigation and prosecution, saying the alleged culprits were set free after receiving mere slaps on the wrists.

The monarch, who did not give further details about the unnamed former palace officials, wondered why EFCC investigators allegedly swept glaring evidence of fraud against the former palace officials under the carpet.