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Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, Itse Sagay, has weighed in on the friction between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Department of State Security, DSS, urging the the graft agency boss, Ibrahim Magu, to report the DSS to President Muhammadu Buhari.

What happened?

This advise is coming after officials of the DSS prevented the EFCC from arresting former director of the DSS, Ita Ekpeyong and sacked DG of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke.

Ekpeyong, who served as the head of the DSS from 2010 to 2015, had been invited by the EFCC for his alleged role in the #Dasukigate.

Oke on the other hand is being investigated for his possible connection to the N13bn discovered by the EFCC in an Ikoyi apartment.

The wise words of a sage…

Sagay advised Magu to write a letter on the clash between the EFCC and the DSS to Buhari.

Sagay said, “I think the EFCC should refer the matter to the President so that he can take action because the President is the overall boss and if people are misbehaving like that, preventing agencies from doing their work, then there should be a penalty for misconduct.

“We all know that the law empowers the EFCC to investigate, arrest and prosecute and they have the right to interrogate and invite you and if you refuse to come, they can arrest you. So, anybody, who refuses, that is engaging in lawlessness and is trying to turn the country into a chaotic state of lawlessness which is certainly not good for the country.

“No one is immune from arrest except the President, Vice-President, governor and deputy governor.”

Word for EFCC critics…

Sagay disagreed with those saying the EFCC should have written to the DSS before attempting to arrest the former DG.

He said, “The DSS procedures do not supersede the laws of the land. The EFCC Act does not require the agency writing to anybody first. They cannot make a law that supersedes that of the National Assembly. The excuses of the DSS are just a way of covering up sheer lawlessness.”


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