Emerging report indicates that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is preparing to interrogate the sacked Director General of the Department of State Security Services, DSS, Lawal Daura, over an alleged N17 billion scam.
Daura, who was sacked by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, following the siege to the National Assembly by DSS Operatives, is currently being interrogated by the Police.
EFCC sources revealed that the Operatives of the anti-graft Agency visited the Police facility, at Guzape hills, Abuja, where Daura is being detained.
“It is expected that the former DSS boss will be handed to the EFCC by the Police, for further interrogation, to explain how the N17 billion traced to the Headquarters of the DSS was utilized”, said one of the sources at the anti-graft Agency.
The money, it was further learnt, was left behind by the Daura’s predecessor, Ita Ekpeyong.
It was alleged that Ekpeyong received N20 billion from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, at the end of former President, Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
Ekpeyong, it was also alleged, converted N17 billion into United States of America, USA, dollars, which he left behind when he handed over to Daura.
The funds were reportedly traced by EFCC investigators, as a fall out of discoveries after the $43 million linked to the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, was found stashed at a private apartment, inside Osborne Towers, in Ikoyi, Lagos.
EFCC sources stated that Operatives of the Commission had been working on the investigation report that indicted the management of the DSS, but that the investigation was frustrated by Daura.
DSS Agents, on the orders of Daura, prevented the EFCC Agents from arresting Ita Ekpeyong, and the sacked DG of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ayo Oke, on November 21, 2017, to prevent the investigation.
“So, now is a good time to get Daura to answer questions in connection to the investigation earlier started”, a source said.
Elsewhere, breaking news reaching Post-Nigeria, indicates that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has on Thursday, raided the residence of Ita Ekpeyong, a former Director-General of the State Security Service, SSS.
Recall, that Ekpeyong led the DSS between 2010 and 2015, before President Muhammadu Buhari replaced him with Lawal Daura, the recently sacked DG.
The property being raided, is located at Asokoro, Abuja.
An attempt was previously made to search it, in November 2017, but Daura prevented it, sparking a stand-off that nearly turned fatal between the DSS and EFCC Operatives.
The EFCC then accused Ekpeyong of being culpable in the arms purchase scandal that rocked the exit of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Scores of individuals and firms have been identified, as allegedly sharing in the mismanaged funds, which were earmarked for the war against boko haram.
It was not immediately clear whether today’s raid at Ekpeyong’s home, which the government gave to him after his exit as DG of the SSS, was a continuation of the botched search from last year.
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