Falana, Sagay, Condemn DSS For Foiling Oke, Ekpeyong Arrest

Falana, Sagay, Condemn DSS For Foiling Oke, Ekpeyong Arrest

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Added by November 23, 2017

Condemnations have followed the actions of men of the Department of State Service (DSS) in the failed attempt by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest a former DSS boss, Ita Ekpeyong, and former DG of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayodele Oke.

The DSS men had on Wednesday in a face-off with EFCC operatives blocked the arrest of the two men who are under investigation for their alleged role in the arms scam involving a former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

In his reaction, the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), said the EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, should give a report of the event, which he called a fiasco, to the President.

He said a fully-detailed letter should be addressed to President Buhari so that he can take decisive action.

“I think the EFCC should refer the matter to the President so that he can take action because the President is the overall boss and if people are misbehaving like that, preventing agencies from doing their work, then there should be a penalty for misconduct.”

“We all know that the law empowers the EFCC to investigate, arrest and prosecute and they have the right to interrogate and invite you and if you refuse to come, they can arrest you. So, anybody, who refuses, that is engaging in lawlessness and is trying to turn the country into a chaotic state of lawlessness which is certainly not good for the country.

“No one is immune from arrest except the president, vice-president, governor and deputy governor,” he told The Punch.

Femi Falana (SAN) was also scathing in his reaction to the incident. He berated the DSS for deeming it right to block the EFCC in the course of carrying out its mandated duties.

He advised that the incident should be taken seriously and not swept under the carpet as a mere “inter-agency faceoff” as the DSS had knowingly blocked an agency from carrying out a court order.

Falana said, “It is wrong to view what occurred as an inter-agency face-off. Since warrants of arrest and search were validly issued by a Magistrate Court, the prevention of the arrest was a clash between impunity and rule of law. The security personnel who shielded the suspects from arrest committed the offence of obstruction of justice punishable under the EFCC Act.”

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