Senator Dino Melaye has described the current misunderstanding between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Security Service (DSS) as a recipe for national disaster.
He made this assertion yesterday, 22nd of November 2017, on the Senate floor.
This is as a result of the face-off between the EFCC and SSS on Tuesday over attempts made by the financial crimes unit, to arrest the immediate past Director-General of the SSS, Ekpenyong Ita.
While presenting the motion today on the floor of the Senate, Senator Melaye called on Senator Bukola Saraki’s led Senate to be proactive and take swift action on the matter.
He also pointed out that the same incident happened recently when the SSS officials prevented the EFCC from arresting the erstwhile Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke.
“Mr. President, the media and the social media, print and electronics have been awash with a disaster that took place yesterday. The EFCC went to the residence of the former Director General of the SSS, Ita Ekpeyong, to effect an arrest and the Directorate of State Security stopped the EFCC from arresting him. That created environmental brouhaha. The whole environment and neighbours were stopped from lawfully gaining entrance into their homes because of this confusion.
“Same yesterday, the EFCC wanted to arrest the former DG NIA, Mr. Oke. Also, the officers of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency stopped that arrest. We are not here to say who is at blame. We have been embarrassed before the international community. That two sister agencies will engage in fisticuffs, arrests and stoppage of arrests. Mr. President, this is a recipe for national disaster”, Melaye said.
Meanwhile, the upper chamber is set to look into the face-off by setting up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the matter and report back to the House in two weeks.