DSS resists probe by EFCC

Posted by News Express | 7 November 2017 | 2,617 times

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•DSS Acting DG Lawal Daura

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed that it is currently investigating some operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The anti-graft agency revealed how the secret police has refused to cooperate with it in this regard but dismissed insinuations that there is a rift between the two organisations as reported by the Sunday Tribune on November 5, 2017.

A statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja by Wilson Uwujaren, Head of Media at the EFCC pointed out that the report painted a picture of an imaginary feud brewing between the DSS and EFCC over the alleged invitation of some DSS operatives.

EFCC said it is not strange for the anti-graft agency to invite (for questioning) officers of other law enforcement agencies alleged to be complicit in any case being investigated by the Commission. It, however, noted that there are protocols in doing this; and part of that protocol is to write to the heads of such agencies, requesting that the officer(s) in question be released to be interviewed.

“In the course of investigating the arms procurement scandal in the Office of the former National Security Adviser (ONSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki, the Commission has had cause to request the release of officers of other security agencies, including the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Air Force, the Nigerian Navy and now the DSS, for questioning. All but the DSS have acceded to this request.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the arms procurement investigation is national in outlook with alleged culprits cutting across the military, security establishments as well as the political class. It is not targeted at any institution.

“Consequently, the insinuation about a revenge-instigated investigation of the DSS by the EFCC over its role in the senate refusal to confirm Ibrahim Magu as substantive chairman of the EFCC, is not only specious, but pure mischief contrived for motives that are unclear,” the Commission said.

Source: News Express

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