Senate to probe clash between EFCC, DSS, NIA

The Senate has said it would probe the alleged clash between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Directorate of State Security and National Intelligence Agency.

DSS officials had prevented the EFCC from arresting former DSS director, Its Ekpeyong and sacked Director of the NIA, Ayo Oke.

They had blocked the street leading to both men’s houses in Abuja.

Oke is being investigated over N13bn discovered in an Ikoyi apartment.

Dino Melaye, in a motion informed the upper chamber what transpired between the agencies.

“Our responsibility as a senate is to ensure the respect for rule of law. The media have been awash with a disastrous situation that happened yesterday.

“The EFCC went to the resident of the former DG of the DSS, Mr Ita Ekepyong, to effect arrest and the men of the DSS stopped the EFCC from arresting him.

“The development created gridlock in the area as people living in there were either not allowed to gain entrance to their residents or to move out.

“Same yesterday, the EFCC was stopped from arresting the former DG of NIA, Mr Oke, and the officers of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency stopped that arrest.

“We will recall that the same DG, DSS, had written this senate before now on the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu.

“We are not here to lay blame on anyone but to say Nigeria has been embarrassed before the international community for two sister agencies to be involved in fisticuffs,” he said.

Leader of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan supported the motion saying,

“what Melaye has presented is seeking that the Senate investigates what happened and it is one rare motion.

“However, I want to say that President Muhammadu Buhari is in full control of the government.

“Even when he was away to attend to his health, the Vice President was in control. There was never a vacuum.

“In my opinion, could it be that the EFCC did not get the right document to effect arrest and if they did, our investigation will reveal,’’ he said.

The motion was unanimously adopted.

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