The Department of State Security has stormed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s office in Ikoyi, Lagos, preventing the anti-corruption agency’s officials from entering their office.
According to credible sources within both agencies, the DSS and the EFCC have been engaged in an ongoing competition over the ownership of the building.
Our correspondent learned that DSS agents stormed the office around 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday and refused to leave despite dialogue between agents from both agencies, a reliable source confirmed in a telephone interview with our correspondent.
An official of the EFCC who spoke with our correspondent on the condition of anonymity stated, “There has been a long-running dispute between us and the DSS over who owns the office, as the DSS previously occupied the office before the EFCC took over and handed it over to us.
“However, this is an administrative matter that has not been litigated and has not previously caused a commotion. But we don’t understand why they’re blocking our office and denying access to our officials when a new government has just taken office.”
A DSS source stated, “The office was once ours, but we have been fighting over it for years, and the EFCC is aware.”
Meanwhile, neither agency’s spokespersons, Wilson Uwujaren of the EFCC and Dr. Peter Afunaya of the DSS, responded to our correspondent’s inquiries about the development.
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