Anti-graft, agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a former director-general of the State Security Service (SSS), Ita Ekpeyong.
Operatives of the EFCC arrived Ekpeyong’s home at Number 46, Mamman Nadir Street, Asokoro before noon Thursday and took him away at about 3:30pm.
The EFCC source, who confirmed the arrest, said Ekpeyong was taken into custody in connection with about 20 billion naira released from the CBN to the DSS during the former administration of Goodluck Jonathan for the preparations of the 2015 general election.
While explaining further, the source noted that EFCC arrested the former DSS boss in its bid to get information about unaccounted N17 billion left behind after the general election of 2015.
Recall that Ekpeyong’s house was to be raided and searched sometimes in November 2017, but the then DSS boss, Daura prevented it, sparking a stand-off that nearly turned fatal between SSS and EFCC operatives
The EFCC then accused Ekpeyong of being culpable in the arms purchase scandal during President Jonathan’s administration.
EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, while confirming the search of Ekpenyong’s home said, the operatives went there to do the work that they were prevented from doing about ten months ago.
Meanwhile, there was a heavy presence of armed security men on both entrances to the street as well as by the house when leadership visited.
Ekpeyong was the DG of the DSS between 2010 and 2015 when President Muhammadu Buhari replaced him with Lawal Daura.
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