Abuja, Nigeria – President Bola Tinubu convened a meeting with Abdulrasheed Bawa, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa. This meeting comes on the heels of Tinubu’s directive to the Department of State Services (DSS) to vacate the EFCC’s Ikoyi office within 24 hours.
The purpose of the meeting remains undisclosed, leaving room for speculation that it may be connected to the ongoing clash between the EFCC and the DSS. Reports indicate that the friction between the two agencies escalated when DSS officials allegedly stormed the EFCC’s Ikoyi office, hindering access and sparking a heated exchange.
The DSS operatives had reportedly arrived at the office premises as early as 7:00 am on Tuesday, refusing to vacate despite dialogues between representatives of both agencies. The incident is rooted in a longstanding dispute over ownership rights to the building, fueling tensions between the EFCC and the DSS.
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Expressing dismay at the turn of events, the EFCC voiced its surprise at the denial of entry by their sister agency.
Conversely, the DSS swiftly dismissed these claims as “not true,” further deepening the rift between the two government entities.
Late on Tuesday, President Tinubu responded to the situation, emphasizing the importance of resolving any issues between the two agencies in a peaceful and cooperative manner. His statement echoed a call for amicable resolution and sought to quell tensions amidst the ongoing controversy.
As the meeting between President Tinubu and Chairman Bawa unfolds behind closed doors, stakeholders and the public eagerly await further updates regarding the nature and outcome of this crucial meeting.