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Data, documents lost in EFCC inferno

Data, documents lost in EFCC inferno
November 20
10:14 2018

Data and equipment were lost in a fire that broke out at the data centre of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Wuse 2, Abuja, on Monday night.

In a statement released on its Facebook page, the commission said the inferno “almost razed down” the building.

“The fire started at the former newsroom which now serves as storage for ICT equipment that were retrieved from the Commission former offices scattered across the Capital City,” the statement read.

“The former newsroom is domiciled in the two Storey Costa Hall which was commissioned by Dr. Antonio Maria Costa on 13th November 2007. The building currently houses the Data Centre and the Combined Inter-Agency Task Force.”


Men of the Federal Fire Service led by Melone Onyekachi, sector commander, were able to successfully curtail the extent of the fire after receiving a call from Kayode Oyetunde, incident duty officer of the commission, at 7:10pm.

Speaking on the cause of the fire, Onyekachi said, “Our duty is to put off the fire; that we have successfully done. There is another department that will come and ascertain the cause of the fire.”

According to the statement, two officers attached to the Combined Inter-Agency Task Force were rescued from the fire and the extent of damage will be ascertained after stock taking.


“The Commission’s Chief Security Officer, CSO, Nasir Abdullahi, DSP immediately after the fire was curtailed, went to the Maitama Police Station to incident the fire outbreak. Policemen from the Station who followed him to the Commission, however, promised to return for further enquiry.”

While receiving members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari had said that he has asked the commission to account for all the money it has recovered.

The data centre, which is where the fire started from, is where the EFCC is likely to have records of all its arrests and recoveries.



  1. Oduche Azih
    Oduche Azih November 21, 00:08

    Please don’t ask me for the record of the monies recovered and an account of how it was moved, spent, disbursed, etc. Can’t you see that all those records are now lost in this devastating inferno? Lucky me!

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  2. jimmy
    jimmy November 21, 01:08

    anti corruption by the father of corruption

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  3. Rossonero
    Rossonero November 21, 10:25

    What a nation! Corruption fight is even corrupt. What a chain instead of change.

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  4. Kuff
    Kuff November 21, 10:55

    This country can never be good. Just imagine. The level of corruption in this country. APC or PDP has turned this country to a death zone.

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  5. Oralsiso D Mingi
    Oralsiso D Mingi November 21, 20:31

    What a well played script.
    Welcome to the next level.

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  6. Fizz
    Fizz November 21, 20:43

    Buhari and EFCC every data can be recovered even to the last data entered before the inferno. Stop fooling us.

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