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It was a clash of the titans on Tuesday when officials of the Department of State Services, DSS, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, were involved in a showdown for over 13 hours in the early hours of Tuesday when EFCC operatives stormed the home of the immediate past Director General of the DSS, Ekpenyong Ita, to effect his arrest.

Ita is wanted by the EFCC for his alleged connection with #Dasukigate.

Ita, 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, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), and other service chiefs who have since been arraigned.

PUNCH reports that while other security agencies had cooperated with the EFCC and released their officials for probe, the DSS had refused to hand over its own officials to the anti-graft agency for over a year.

DSS is shielding their own against the almighty EFCC.

Following the refusal of Ita to honour a series of EFCC invitations, the operatives of the anti-graft agency, armed with arrest and search warrants, surrounded Ita’s home at 46 Mamman Nasir Street, Asokoro as early as 4 a.m. to prevent him from escaping.

At daybreak, the EFCC operatives approached the premises and presented the warrant to the armed DSS officials securing the building.

However, as the EFCC officials attempted to enter, the heavily armed DSS officials, some of whom were wearing masks, refused to allow the EFCC men inside.

The DSS officials simply said they were acting on “orders from above.”

They also threatened to open fire on the persistent EFCC operatives.

The EFCC officials then retreated temporarily and cordoned off all roads leading to the property with a yellow tape which bore the words, ‘crime scene, do not cross.’

An EFCC official said, “Mr. Ekpeyong Ita is being investigated for offences bordering on alleged theft and diversion of public funds. Shortly after we arrived, the DSS reinforced its security presence at the property, with the deployment of about 30 armed operatives.

“The refusal of the DSS operatives to allow the EFCC execute valid search and arrest warrants is really worrisome. I don’t know whether it is within their brief to prevent a law enforcement agency from executing arrest or a search warrant on a property belonging to a retired member of staff of the agency.

“The suspect in question is not a serving officer of the DSS, which makes this action particularly reprehensible.”

When a member of the EFCC team attempted to take photographs, some DSS officials, including some wearing masks, cocked their guns but the EFCC officials accompanied by over 15 policemen, cocked their own rifles in return and called their bluff.

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