EFCC Opens Up On Fight With DSS: It's about another $2.2b

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has invited some DSS operatives for questioning over the $2.2billion arms procurement scandal in which a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, is implicated. But the DSS is fighting back.

Such summons were common to all military, security establishments as well as the political class, the EFCC said yesterday.

It explained that the invitation of the operatives had nothing to do with a revenge-instigated investigation of the DSS by the EFCC because Mr. Ibrahim Magu was not confirmed by the Senate as the chairman of the anti-graft agency.

The DSS is yet to grant the request of the EFCC for the release of the operatives.

Head of Media and Publicity, EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement in Abuja, said the probe was not targeted at any institution.

The statement said: “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has been drawn to a report on the invitation of some DSS operatives.

"The report painted a picture of an imaginary feud brewing between the Department of State Services (DSS) and EFCC over the alleged invitation of some DSS operatives, which it claimed was an attempt by the Commission to ‘rubbish’ the Service since the DSS was not answerable to the EFCC.

"It is important to state that it is not strange for the EFCC to invite (for questioning) officers of other law enforcement agencies alleged to be complicit in any case being investigated by the Commission.

“But there are protocols in doing this; and part of that protocol is to write to the heads of such agencies, requesting that the officer(s) in question be released to be interviewed.

”In the course of investigating the arms procurement scandal in the Office of the former National Security Adviser, ONSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, the Commission has had cause to request the release of officers of other security agencies, including the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Air Force, the Nigerian Navy and now the DSS, for questioning. All but the DSS have acceded to this request.”

The EFCC insisted that it was not on any revenge-instigated investigation against the DSS.