LL investigation shows that EFCC is probing into alleged corrupt practices of the director-general of the Department of State Security, Lawal Musa Daura
Since riding into power on the mantra of âchangeâ and anti-corruption posturing, Nigeria, under the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has become a theatre of the absurd. The actions and inactions of the government in power in the last two and a half years, as well as the brazen impunity emblematic of the operations of the nationâs security agencies, have made it a laughing stock in the global arena. While many instances abound of the evident lack of synergy, unhealthy rivalry, and bitter feud amongst the different security apparatuses, what appeared to be the most dramatic and unsettling was a recent clash between the operatives of the Department of State Security, DSS, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
On November 21, 2017, the EFCC officials, armed with both search and arrest warrants, had made a failed attempt to arrest Ita Ekpeyong, the immediate past Director-General of the DSS, and his National Intelligence Agency, NIA, counterpart, the embattled Ayodele Oke who was recently sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari along with the former secretary to the government of the federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal. The operatives who had laid siege to the residences of the duo for about 48 hours, had moved into the Number 46, Mamman Nasir, Asokoro, Abuja residence of Ekpeyong at about 6 am to effect his arrest, but faced a stiff resistance from the DSS officials guarding him. The same ugly scenario played out at Okeâs residence.
Curiously, according to informed sources, the number of DSS officials on ground ordinarily was no match for the more overwhelming number of the EFCC operatives that came. They were however said to have called for reinforcement from the headquarters of the organization headed by Lawal Musa Daura, a kinsman of the president from Daura in Katsina State who from all indication, was all out to thwart the arrest. An unimpeachable source hinted the magazine that in Dauraâs desperation to foil Ekpeyongâs arrest, he had given his men a strict instruction to shoot to kill anyone who dared them. The source said but for the maturity displayed by Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the EFCC, with the tactical withdrawal of his men, there would have been a blood-bath. As the macabre drama unfolded, not a few people wondered why Daura, a man who had gained notoriety for brazen impunity and gangsterism especially in the manner he had handled similar allegations of suspected corruption, would be so desperate to prevent Ekpeyong and Okeâs arrest.Â Â So why did Daura, who has collaborated with the ministry of justice to arrest alleged corrupt officials, suddenly decide to shield people who are being sought for alleged corrupt deals?