Why We Must Arrest Heads Of DSS And NIA – EFCC

By Ikenga Chronicles November 28, 2017

Why We Must Arrest Heads Of DSS And NIA – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) said it obtained two separate warrants from a court to arrest a former Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Ita Ekpenyong, and an ex-boss of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr. Ayo Oke.

It was gathered that for the first time, the EFCC disclosed to the court that its move to arrest Ekpenyong and Oke was over alleged theft and diversion of public funds.

A source in the commission said: “We have valid warrants of search and arrest from a court of competent jurisdiction; this is why we intend to go ahead. We will soon release the details of all the allegations in the reports referred to us by the Presidency.

“The reports emanated from the investigation conducted by two presidential investigative committees set up by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We need to put the issues in correct perspective. The President raised an investigative committee over $2.1billion arms procurement which was headed by AVM Jon Ode. Another investigative committee was led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the $43.4million recovered from a flat at Osborne Towers.

“After perusing the reports, the Presidency mandated the EFCC to do follow-up investigations based on the findings of the two committees. It is not as if the EFCC is going outside the mandate of the Presidency.”

In the search warrant, the court said based upon information on oath and in writing, there was reasonable ground for EFCC officials to enter the residences of Ekpenyong and Oke.

“You are hereby commanded by this state with proper assistance to enter the above named residence and premises and therefore diligently search for the things aforesaid, and if the same or any part thereof are found, to bring the things so found and also the said person before this court to be dealt with according to law,”the warrant read.

“This warrant shall be executed between the hours of five o’clock and eight o’clock at night and may also be executed at any hour during the day or night,” the court added.