- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has released a former director general of SSS
- Ita Ekpeyong was said to have been arrested for his alleged involvement in the $2.1 billion arms deal with a former national security adviser
A former director general of the State Security Service (SSS), Ita Ekpeyong, has been released few hours after his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Although details surrounding the reason for his arrest still remain sketchy, Channels Television reports that Ekpeyong was wanted by the anti-graft agency for his alleged role an arms deal involving a former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
Ekpeyong who served as the head of the DSS from 2010 to 2015, was arrested by a team of EFCC operatives supported by armed police officers.
He was arrested at his residence in Asokoro area of Abuja, on Thursday, August 9, a day after his successor, Lawal Daura was fired and arrested following a directive from the acting president, Yemi Osinbajo.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the EFCC went on a search operation at the residence of Ekpeyong on Thursday, August 9.
The raid which was confirmed by the spokesperson to the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, led to the arrest of the former SSS DG.
Uwujaren said Ekpeyong was arrest by the anti-graft agency for interrogation.
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