Stand-off in the streets as DSS, EFCC clash in bid to arrest Ita

There was a stand-off in a street on Asokoro area of Abuja on Tuesday, as operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) prevented operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from arresting a former Director-General of the (DSS), Ekpenyong Ita.

Ita has been under investigation for his alleged role in the disbursement of funds meant for purchase of arms, for which a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (Retd.) and other service chiefs are currently facing trial.

Reportedly armed with a warrant of arrest, the EFCC officials and armed policemen numbering over 50 had attempted to enter the premises of Ita located at 46 Mamman Nasir Street, Asokoro, at around 11am, to effect his arrest.

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They were however stopped by the heavily armed DSS officials, some of whom were wearing masks.

The DSS officials gave no reasons for their action, but simply told the EFCC men that they were acting on “orders from above”.

The face off between the EFCC and the DSS continues to fester. it would be recalled that the acting chairman of the anti-graft commission, Ibrahim Magu was rejected by the Senate, based on security reports from the DSS.



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