From Molly Kilete, Abuja
The Department of State Services(DSS) has denied media reports of how it’s armed operatives engaged personnel of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a battle over the ownership of a building located in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State.
It has also denied reports that its operatives prevented officials of EFCC from gaining access into their Ikoyi, Lagos office.
DSS, public relations officer Peter Afunaya, who made this known, said its operatives were only carrying out an official duty in the building.
Afunaya, in a statement issued in Abuja, said the clarification has become necessary, following reports of palpable tension early Tuesday morning in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State when some armed operatives of the DSS allegedly barricaded the entrance leading to the EFCC zonal office in the state.
The statement reads; “The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to some media reports that it barricaded the EFCC from entering its Lagos 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 own 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.
“There is no rivalry between the Service and the EFCC over and about anything. Please do not create any imaginary one. They are great partners working for the good of the nation. Dismiss any falsehood of a fight”.