- The EFCC is set to make a move to interrogate sacked director general of the DSS, Lawal Daura, over an alleged N17 billion fraud
- The money was said to have been left behind by the former DSS boss’ predecessor, Ita Ekpeyong
- Daura was sacked by acting president Yemi Osinbajo following the siege to the National Assembly by DSS operatives
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is said to be preparing to probe the sacked director general of the Directorate of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, over an alleged N17 billion fraud.
It was learnt that the money was left behind by Daura’s predecessor, Ita Ekpeyong. It was alleged that Ekpeyong received N20 billion from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) at the end of former president Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
Daily Trust reports that Ekpeyong allegedly converted N17 billion into United States of America (USA) dollars, which he left behind when he handed over to Daura.
The funds were reportedly traced by EFCC investigators as a fall out of discoveries after the $43 billion linked to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) was found stashed at a private apartment inside Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos.
EFCC sources said operatives of the commission had been working on the investigation report that indicted the management of the DSS, but that the investigation was frustrated by Daura.
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One of the sources at the anti-graft agency said: ”It is expected that the former DSS boss will be handed to the EFCC over by the police for further interrogation to explain how the N17 billion traced to the headquarters of the DSS was utilized.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the acting president Yemi Osinbajo sacked Lawal Daura, the director-general of the Department of State Services.
A statement by Laolu Akande, his spokesperson, said: “Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has directed the termination of the appointment of the director general, State Security Service, Lawal Musa Daura, with immediate effect.
“Daura has been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service until further notice.”
Osinbajo also summoned the inspector-general of police Ibrahim Idris, and Daura, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
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