Operatives of the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Lagos have decried their experience to day in a dramatic scene intimated by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The operatives of DSS besieged the Lagos State Office of the EFCC early today, depriving the EFCC officials access to their office. It was however learned that both EFCC and DSS have been operating side by side in the facility for over 20 years with no report of crisis between the duo.
Recounting the consequences of action of DSS operatives on their EFCC colleague, the anti-graft agency said the action has already posted them a lot.
Running commentary on the scenario to recount their losses, the EFCC stated in parts that:
"The operatives of the Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arrived at their office on No. 15 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, this morning, May 30, 2023, to be denied entry by agents of the Department of State Services, DSS, who had barricaded the entrance with armoured personnel carriers.
"This development is strange to the Commission given that we have cohabited with the DSS in that facility for 20 years without incident.
"By denying operatives access to their offices, the Commission’s operations at its largest hub with over 500 personnel, hundreds of exhibits, and many suspects in detention have been disrupted.
"Cases scheduled for court hearing today have been aborted, while many suspects who had been invited for questioning are left unattended.
"Even more alarming is that suspects in detention are left without care with grave implications for their rights as inmates.
"All of these have wilder implications for the nation’s fight against economic and financial crimes.
"The siege is inconsistent with the synergy expected of agencies working for the same government and nation, especially when there are ongoing discussions on the matter.
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Written by Omooba Alekuwodo (omoobaalekuwodo)
Published 5/30/2023 2:04:06 PM