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DSS & EFCC In Face-Off Over Alleged Insider Corruption

A major feud appears imminent between the Department of State Service and the EFCC over a move by the anti-graft commission to interrogate some officials of the DSS.

Though details of the investigation purportedly being carried out by EFCC were not made available, it was learnt that agency had sent a request for the affected DSS officials to be released to them.

Investigations revealed that the authorities of the DSS had, however, refused to release the requested officials, thus creating a fresh round of animosity between the two government agencies.

A source knowledgeable on the matter told Tribune that the invitation was an attempt to rubbish the Service since the DSS was not answerable to the EFCC.

The source said: “What are they (EFCC) trying to do, audit our operations or what? Did the service report any financial infraction to them and call for their intervention? It is just a case of overzealousness and lack of professionalism and we won’t allow that, because what you allow is what will continue.

“If they [EFCC] need any clarification on anything, they should come to our office. They know where we are. We can’t be humiliated by anybody. Never! If this is a fallout from the security report officially requested by the National Assembly, then we wish them luck. We stand by our findings. If someone is not fit and proper to hold an office, we can’t season any filth. It’s as simple as that. We never went outside of our mandate.”

The DSS has been at loggerheads with the EFCC since the Service wrote two memos to the Senate, stopping the clearance of the acting chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu.

The Service, in a March 14, 2017 security report sent to the Senate, concluded that “in the light of the foregoing, Magu has failed the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption drive of the present administration.”

Though sources said Magu had answered queries raised by President Muhammadu Buhari, on the said report, the responses were not made available to the Senate, which refused to clear Magu.

When contacted, EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said he needed to check with the authorities to confirm the said invitation sent to the DSS officials.

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