There was tension in the Asokoro area of Abuja on Tuesday following a clash between officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The anti-graft agency had stormed the residences of Ayo Oke, sacked director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and Ita Ekpeyong, the immediate past director-general of the DSS, in a bid to arrest both men.
But the operatives guiding the two top security officials resisted the move, resulting in a heated argument.
The EFCC had invited Oke for questioning in connection with the $43 million found in an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos.
Oke’s wife, who has also been summoned, was identified as the owner of the apartment.
EFCC officials and mobile policemen numbering over 50 reportedly arrived outside Ita’s home around 11 AM with an arrest warrant.
Attempting to make their way into the property located at 46 Mamman Nasir Street, Asokoro, heavily armed DSS agents, some in masks, reportedly barred them from gaining access.
Agents said their action is a result of “orders from above.”
Ita is under investigation for his alleged role in the misappropriation of the funds disbursed for arms, which former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki is currently in a court case for.