President Bola Tinubu has ordered the Department of State Services (DSS), to vacate the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in Ikoyi, Lagos, immediately.
According to a statement from the State House, Abuja, the President said if there were issues between the “two important agencies of government”, they would be resolved amicably.
Operatives of the DSS on Tuesday, laid siege on the EFCC office at Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, preventing staff of the anti-graft agency from gaining access to the facility.
Confirming the development, the anti-graft agency in a statement on its verified social media handles, said “The operatives of its Lagos Command arrived at their office on No. 15 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, on Tuesday morning, to be denied entry by agents of the Department of State Services, who had barricaded the entrance with armoured personnel carriers.”
The EFCC further said the siege was a threat to the fight against economic and financial crimes in the country.
However, the DSS in a statement signed by its Spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, denied the allegation.
Afunanya said the DSS did not block the EFCC office but rather occupied the DSS section of the building.
According to him, there is no rivalry between the two agencies as both work for the country’s good.
“There is no rivalry between the Service and the EFCC over and about anything. Please do not create any imaginary ones. They are great partners working for the good of the nation. Dismiss any falsehood of a fight.
“By the way, there is no controversy over No 15A Awolowo Road as being insinuated by the Media. Did the EFCC tell you it is contesting the ownership of the building? I will be surprised if it is contesting the ownership.
“No. It is not true. The Service is only occupying its own facility where it is carrying out its official and statutory responsibility”, he added.