EFCC, DSS, NIA, police operatives clash over move to arrest Ita, Oke

DSS Operatives Bar EFCC from Arresting Its former DG

EFCC, DSS, NIA, police operatives clash over move to arrest Ita, Oke

The inter agency war between the EFCC and the Department of State Security Service, DSS, and the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, burst into the open early Tuesday morning when a combined team of EFCC officials and police officers attempted to arrest the former heads of the two agencies.

Punch reports that the agents said their action is a result of "orders from above".

"Speaking with BusinessDay after the event, Magu said" no one is above the law and l can not be deterred by their action", in apparent reference to the botched attempt to arrest the former Director-General of the Department of State Security, (DSS), Ita Ekpeyoung on Tuesday.

They were however stopped by the heavily armed DSS officials, some of whom were wearing masks.

In fact, the DSS reportedly beefed up security in the house with over 30 more armed operatives.

EFCC and DSS operatives had a major stand-off, on Tuesday, over purported moves to arrest the immediate-past Director-General of the Service, Mr. Ita Ekpeyong at his Maitama residence.

The EFCC officials then retreated temporarily and cordoned off all roads leading to the property with a yellow tape which bore the words, 'crime scene, do not cross'.

Oke, who was recently sacked by President Buhari for allegedly stashing away N13 billion in the Ikoyi apartment, is reported to have refused not to honour invitations for over three weeks. I don't know whether it is within their brief to prevent a law enforcement agency from executing arrest or a search warrant on a property belonging to a retired member of staff of the agency.

According to one of the sources, operatives of the anti-graft agency had hardly arrived the No 46 Mamman Nasir, Asokoro residence of the former DG at 6a.m. yesterday, when security was reinforced.

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