There was pandamonium on Tuesday as officials of the Department of state services clashed with officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for over 13 hours when men from the EFCC stormed the home of the immediate past Director General of the DSS, Ekpenyong Ita, to effect his arrest.
The EFCC had invited Ita, who was head of DSS from 2010 to 2015, for his alledged role in the arms scam involving a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) and other service chiefs.
EFCC agents had surrounded the house of the former DSS boss with arrest and search warrants at 4am, following Ita’s refusal to honour a series of EFCC invitations.
The anti graft officials presented the warrant to the armed DSS officials securing the building. The heavily armed DSS officials however, refused the EFCC men entry into the building. The DSS officials said they were acting on orders from above.
They also threatened to open fire on the EFCC operatives who were persistent.
The officials of the EFCC retreated temporarily and blocked all roads leading to the building with yellow tape which had the words “crime scene, do not cross”.