The siege which the Department of State Service (DSS) laid to office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) office in Lagos has continued.
Daily Trust had reported how DSS officials stormed the anti-graft agency’s office located at No 15A Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, on Tuesday morning.
The EFCC officials were reportedly prevented from accessing their office.
Later, operatives of the secret police moved in two Armoured Personnel Carriers to block the main entrance of the building.
It was learnt that the feud arose from a rivalry between the both agencies over the ownership of the building.
Spokesman of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, when contacted, described the development as “strange”, explaining that the two agencies had lived together within the facility for over 20 years without any rancor.
“Our operatives in the Lagos Command arrived at their office on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, this morning to be denied entry by agents of the DSS who blocked the entrance with Armoured Personnel Carriers. This is strange as we have co-habited with them in that facility for 20 years without any incident,” Uwujaren told Daily Trust.
But in a swift reaction, the spokesman of the DSS, Peter Afunanya told our correspondent that the property in question belonged to the service, and as such it is not correct to say its operatives barricaded EFCC office.
“It is not correct that the DSS barricaded EFCC from entering its office. No. It is not true. The Service is only occupying its facility where it is carrying out its official and statutory responsibility.
“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. Awolowo Road was NSO headquarters. SSS/DSS started from there. It is a common knowledge. It is a historical fact. Check it out.”