DSS Storm EFCC Lagos Office, Blocks Officers’ Access Into Building

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

A source whose identity was not disclosed told Premium Times that DSS blocked the whole building and placed an armoured tank at the front of the building. “They even placed an armoured tank just to scare us away”, the source was reported to have said.

Both agencies, according to reports, have been at loggerheads with each other over the ownership of the building.

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As of the time of this report, all the EFCC officials at the office in Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, were prevented from accessing the building by SSS officials.

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 they used the office before the EFCC came on board, and it was handed over to us.

“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 must 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.

22nd September 2023
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