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EFCC Confirms DSS Siege On Lagos Office – Describes It As Shocking

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed the “siege” of operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) at its Lagos State office.

Lifestyle Nigeria earlier reported that the DSS stormed the Lagos office of the EFCC this morning, preventing officials of the anti-graft agency from gaining access to their office located on 15 Awolowo Road in the Ikoyi area of the state.

The EFCC Spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, while confirming this in a statement said, “This development is strange to the Commission given that we have cohabited with the DSS in that facility for 20 years without incident.”

Meanwhile, the DSS in a statement by its spokesman, Peter Afunanya had denied barricading the EFCC from entering its office.

Afunanya said, “The Service is only occupying its own facility where it is carrying out its official and statutory responsibility.”

However, the EFCC, while maintaining silence on the ownership of the building, described the action of the DSS as shocking, adding that the Commission had cohabited with the DSS in the same facility for 20 years without any fracas.

The statement from the anti-graft agency read, “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 court hearing today have been aborted, while many suspects who had been 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.

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


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