The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, has said there was no street fight between EFCC and two security agencies, Premium Times reports.
Magu and Lawal Daura, the director general of the Department of State Services (SSS) on Thursday, December 14, appeared before a Senate panel to discuss the clash between their officials.
Legit.ng gathered that Magu stated this in response to comments by Francis Alimikhena the chairman of the Senate ad-hoc committee constituted to investigate the face-off.
Alimikhena had referred to the face-off among the agencies as street fight, saying: “There is nothing hidden because they fought in the street.”
“They fought dirty and Nigerian people will like to know what led to that fight. What happened in that dirty fight, I don’t think it’s something we should hide from the public. For me, I would prefer that we do this openly for Nigerians to see. It’s a shame on all of us for sister security agencies to be fighting dirty in the street. Which means we don’t have spirit de corps. For them to fight in the public then they should tell us what led to that fight.”
Magu in reaction told the senator that the EFCC never engaged in street fight but went out to carry out its constitutional duty.
He said: “Mr. Chairman, I really don’t know. There was no street fight, there was no dirty fight. We did not fight anybody. So, the reference to street fight dirty fight, I don’t think its proper sir. There was never a street fight. My men went there, they were not allowed to execute the due warrant of arrest and the search warrant.”
The Senate on Wednesday, November 22, had mandated an ad-hoc committee to investigate the cause of the clash and report back.
The EFCC stated that it had obtained two separate warrants from a court to arrest the former bosses, adding that it also got the permission of the court to search their residences.
Magu, in reaction to the situation afterward, said there is no going back on the plan to have the former heads of the security agencies arrested.
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According to an earlier report by Legit.ng, an attempt by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest the heads of the State Security Service (SSS) and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has reportedly caused tension in Abuja.
Premium Times reports that a combined team from the EFCC and Nigeria Police Force (NPF) attempted to arrest the former head of the NIA, Ayo Oke, as well as that of the SSS, Ita Ekpeyong, in their homes located at Mamman Nasir Street in the Asokoro district of Abuja.
They were however resisted by armed security agents of the two agencies on guard.
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