- EFCC has again grilled former director general of DSS, Ita Ekpeyong
- Ekpeyong was on Thursday, August 9, arrested by the operatives of the EFCC
- 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) on Friday, August 10, grilled a former director general of the Department of State Services (DSS), Ita Ekpenyong, for the second time.
Punch reports that the former DSS boss was grilled for several hours and asked to return to the commission on Monday, August 13.
NAIJ.com gathered that a detective at the EFCC was quoted to have said, “He returned today for interrogation and after some hours we asked him to leave and return on Monday.”
According to the newspaper, efforts to speak with the spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, on Friday evening, August 10, proved abortive.
Ekpenyong, it was learnt, was under investigation as part of a larger probe into how billions of Naira was transferred from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to the DSS and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) during the build-up to the 2015 general elections.
It was gathered that while $289,202,382 (N57.8bn at the time) was given to the NIA, about N20bn was handed to the DSS.
The funds were approved by the embattled former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) reportedly under the instruction of then President Goodluck Jonathan, according to memos.
“We want to know how the money given to the DSS was spent and how much Ekpenyong left for his successor (Lawal Daura),” an EFCC source said.
The EFCC is working on the theory that Daura allegedly diverted the funds left behind by Ekpenyong.
“When we tried to investigate the matter, the DSS under the leadership of Daura refused to cooperate with us and even threatened to shoot our men when we attempted to execute a search warrant last year. We believe he was trying to cover his tracks,” the source said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested a former director general of the Department of State Services (DSS), Ita Ekpeyong.
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It was reported that he was being interrogated by EFCC investigators.This come 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.
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