DSS, EFCC clash in Lagos, block staffs access to EFCC office

Ogunsakin Mustapha
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DSS official, and vehicles stationed at the gate of EFCC premises on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi

Operatives of the Department of State Security on Tuesday morning stormed the Lagos office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), preventing officials of the anti-graft agency from gaining access to their office in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Impeccable sources in both agencies told media men that there has been an ongoing rivalry between the DSS and the EFCC over the ownership of the building.

Some EFCC staff members on the street

As early as 7.00 am on Tuesday morning, DSS operatives stormed the office and refused to leave despite dialogue between operatives of both agencies. A source confirmed the development to our correspondent in a telephone interview.

An official of the EFCC who spoke with our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, said, “There’s been a running battle between us and the DSS over who owns the office because the office was used by them before the EFCC came on board and it was handed over to us.

DSS officials occupy EFCC office

“But it’s been an administrative issue, and the matter is not in court and hasn’t caused any fracas before now. But we don’t understand why they have to block our office and deny our officials access when a new government just came in.”

“The office used to be ours, and we have been fighting over it for years now, and the EFCC knows,” a DSS source said.

Meanwhile, spokespersons for both agencies, Wilson Uwujare of the EFCC, and Dr Peter Afunaya of the DSS did not respond to inquiries by our correspondent over the development.

Source: Punch

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