– Ekpeyong is wanted for his alleged role in the arms scam involving
– He led the secret police between 2010 and 2015 and alleged to have turned down multiple invitations by EFCC investigators
New details have emerged on why the the State Security Service (SSS), blocked the personnel of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from arresting its former director general.
Premium Times reports that the SSS is relying on the provisions of a legal instrument approved by the Abdulsalami Abubakar military junta in resisting the arrest.
The SSS recently, at Ita Ekpeyong’s 46 Mamman Nasir street, Asokoro, Abuja residence blocked the arrest of the former DG in a confrontation with personnel of the EFCC who claimed Ekpeyong is wanted for his alleged role in the arms scam involving a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and other former senior military officials.
Ita Ekpeyong who led the secret police between 2010 and 2015, is alleged to have turned down multiple invitations by EFCC investigators.
The news outlet claimed it understands that the SSS is relying on the provision of a proclamation approved by General Abubakar in 1999. The law is now regarded as a subsidiary legislation of the National Security Agencies Act.
The edict, titled Instrument No 1 of 1999, shields the SSS from external audit and investigation of its financial dealings, making them subject to only presidential review.
The order was issued via military fiat by Mr. Abubakar on May 23, 1999, just six days before the nation transited to civilian rule.
The instrument has not been nullified or replaced by a National Assembly-enacted Act, and the SSS still abides by its provisions till date.
Article (1) of the Instrument reads: “The Director General is responsible to the President and Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces for the proper expenditure and accounting of all funds made available in the service from the security vote or any other source.”
The instrument also excluded the security service from external auditing.
“The account of the state security service shall not be subject to external audit, but the Director General shall, by the first week of March each year, render to the President, Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, returns of expenditure, and copy the National Security Adviser,” article 2 reads.
The agency does not have a spokesperson to comment for this story.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Nigeria’s anti-corruption body Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) moved a big step closer to arresting former intelligence chiefs Ita Ekpeyong and Ayo Oke.
The EFCC has acquired two separate arrest warrants from a Magistrate Court II in the Federal Capital Territory for the detainment of the former Director-General of Department of State Service (DSS) and ex-Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency respectively.
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