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Published On: Fri, Dec 15th, 2017

DSS, EFCC clash: Senate grills security chiefs behind closed doors

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The Department of State Services (DSS)By Christiana Ekpa and Ikechukwu Okaforadi Abuja

This was just as the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, said there was no street fight between EFCC and two security agencies, NIA and the DSS
Recall that Senator Dino Melaye, (Kogi West), had moved a Motion on the 22nd of November, drawing the attention of the Upper Chamber to the reported clash between the sister agencies
Melaye who informed the Senate that DSS agents prevented the EFCC from arresting former Director Generals of the DSS Mr. Ita Ekpeyong and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Mr. Ayo Oke, thereby causing panic, urged the Upper Chamber to investigate the altercation.
The meeting which started around 4pm was presided over by the chairman of the investigative committee, Senator Francis Alimikhena.
In his opening remarks, Sen. Alimikhena said the investigation was not to witch-hunt anybody rather to find a lasting solution to the reported clash between the sister agencies.
“This committee is not set up to witch hunt any of you, it is a fact finding committee to see that this type of altercation does not occur again in the near future
“ This Senate want to know the root causes of the disagreement because the altercation is a serious security breach that can lead to anarchy” he said.
The Director General (DG DSS) Lawal Daura, who appeal to the committee have the agencies testimony in a closed door session said “I will like to seek or appeal to the distinguished committee whether our testimony will not be given in the presence of the Press”.
Responding to the DG request, senator Alimikhena who insisted that the hearing be held in presence of journalists had referred to the face-off among the agencies as street fight.
The senator who was the only one among the five committee members who wanted the hearing made public, said “We have seen all your presentations. We have gone through your papers. I have heard what you said. Because the matter is of security importance to this country and the Senate wants settlement between the three arms of security agencies of this country.
“We will do all things possible to make you feel comfortable to air your views. With what you have said, we will oblige by it and make that we give you all the necessary support to make it comfortable for everyone of us”
On his part, the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, said there was no street fight between EFCC and two security agencies: Nigeria Intelligence Agency, NIA, and the State Security Service, SSS.
The EFCC boss insisted that the EFCC never engaged in street fight but went out to carry out its constitutional duty with evidence of arrests.
The committee Chairman cuccund to the pressure and the it however, resolved to entertain the agencies separately in closed door, started today with EFCC, while the time of meeting with two other agencies would be revealed later today.
The meeting had in attendance, members of the Adhoc-committee, Acting chairman,EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, DG,DSS Lawal Daura, NIA DG Amb. Muhammed Dauda and their entourages.

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