The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has broken its silence on the Department of State Services, DSS, siege on its Lagos office on Tuesday morning.
DAILY POST earlier reported that the operatives of the Lagos Command of the EFCC arrived at their office on No. 15 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, to be denied entry by agents of the Nigerian secret police.
The DSS operatives barricaded the entrance with armoured personnel carriers, preventing EFCC officials from gaining entrance into the facility.
Reacting, EFCC, in a post on its verified Facebook page, described the development as strange, stating that the commission had cohabited with the DSS in that facility for 20 years without incident.
The post reads, “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 wider 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”.