- EFCC has arrested former director general of DSS, Ita Ekpeyong
- The anti-graft agency had earlier today, Thursday, August 9, raided his house in Abuja
- It was gathered that the EFCC's first attempt to arrest Ekpeyong 10 months ago was resisted by a detachment of DSS personnel under the directive of the then DG Daura
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a former director general of the Department of State Services (DSS), Ita Ekpeyong.
This Day reports that he is currently being interrogated by EFCC investigators.
NAIJ.com gathered that this is coming barely 48 hours after his successor, Lawal Daura, was sacked by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo over the unathorised siege to the National Assembly by DSS operatives on Tuesday, August 7.
According to the newspaper, the head of media and publicity of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed that Ekpeyong’s residence at Maman Nasir street, Asokoro in Abuja, was on Thursday, August 9, searched by the operatives of the agency.
“Yes our men went to his house to search and interrogate him,” Uwujaren said.
It was gathered that the EFCC's first attempt to arrest Ekpeyong ten months ago was fiercely resisted by a detachment of DSS personnel under the directive of the then DG Daura.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) raided the residence of Ita Ekpeyong, a former director-general of the Directorate of Security Service (DSS).
According to the report, officers from the EFCC arrived Ekpeyong’s Asokoro residence on Thursday, August 9, in an anti-corruption raid that was reportedly sanctioned by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
Ekpeyong led the DSS between 2010 and 2015 under former President Goodluck Jonathan, before he was shown the way out by President Muhammadu Buhari.
His replacement, Lawal Daura, was recently sacked by Osinbajo. An attempt was previously made to search the residence in November 2017, but Daura prevented it, sparking a stand-off that nearly turned fatal between DSS and EFCC operatives.
The EFCC accused Ekpeyong of being culpable in the arms purchase scandal that rocked the exit of President Goodluck Jonathan.
There are indications that today’s raid at Ekpeyong’s home, was a continuation of the botched search from last year.
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