EFCC Cannot Probe Money Spent By DSS

By Ikenga Chronicles December 16, 2017

EFCC Cannot Probe Money Spent By DSS

A Former Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Mike Ejiofor has explained why the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) cannot beam its anti-corruption searchlight on the financial details of the DSS.

He said this on Friday when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, “State of the Nation”.

“You have no powers conferred on you to investigate the spending of the State Security Service. And if he (Magu) has a problem, he should have gone to the sitting DG (Daura) to say I have a problem with your former DG,” he said.

Ejiofor’s comments come hours after the Senate had quizzed EFCC Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu and Director General of SSS, Mr Lawal Daura.

Both men were invited to explain the roles played by their operatives when EFCC attempted to arrest a former DSS boss, Mr Ita Ekpenyong.

Ekpeyong, who served as the head of the DSS from 2010 to 2015, had been invited by the EFCC for his alleged role in the arms scam involving a former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd.), and other service chiefs who have since been arraigned.

While admitting Magu’s view that nobody is above the law, Ejiofor stated that the anti-graft agency, however, ought to follow some ‘due process’ in its planned arrest.

He also advocated ‘special’ protection for both serving and former heads of the DSS owing to them being in possession of classified information.

“Don’t also forget that this man, the former DG and previous DGs, not this one, in particular, are custodians of very vital information and they need some protection, even out of office.

“So I don’t see how the Chairman of EFCC or EFCC on its own can go and obtain a warrant…that has been my position,” he said.