Siege by DSS on our Lagos office is shocking – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has expressed shock at the manner in which operatives of its sister agency, the Department of State Services denied its operatives entry into its Lagos office earlier today, May 30, 2023.

This is coming even after the DSS has denied the claim, describing it as “not true.”

PUNCH reported that the DSS had refuted reports that its personnel denied EFCC operatives access to its office in Lagos.

Spokesperson for the Service, Peter Afunanya told PUNCH in a WhatsApp message that the DSS was occupying “its own facility” where it was carrying out its operations.

He said, “It is not correct that the DSS barricaded EFCC from entering its office. No. It is not true. The Service is only occupying its own facility where it is carrying out its official and statutory responsibility.”

However, in an official statement made available to PUNCH, Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media & Publicity EFCC insisted that the DSS denied its operatives entry into their Lagos office today, May 30, 2023. 

The statement reads: “The operatives of the Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arrived at their office on No. 15 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, this morning, May 30, 2023, to be denied entry by agents of the Department of State Services, DSS, who had barricaded the entrance with armoured personnel carriers.

This development is strange to the Commission, given that we have cohabited with the DSS in that facility for 20 years without incident.

“By denying operatives access to their offices, the Commission’s operations at its largest hub with over 500 personnel, hundreds of exhibits, and many suspects in detention have been disrupted.

“Cases scheduled for a court hearing today have been aborted, while many suspects invited for questioning are left unattended. Even more alarming is that suspects in detention are left without care, with grave implications for their rights as inmates.

“These have wider implications for the nation’s fight against economic and financial crimes.

“The siege is inconsistent with the synergy expected of agencies working for the same government and nation, especially when there are ongoing discussions on the matter.”

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