Operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS), have barred the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from arresting a former Director-General of DSS, Ita Ekpenyong, who is being sought by the anti-graft body on corruption Allegations.
It was earlier reported that Ekpenyong had been arrested in the early hours of Tuesday.
However, the current situation suggests he is still holed up in his his home.
Personnel of the EFCC were said to have arrived Ekpenyong’s home around 11am with an arrest warrant but were prevented from entering the building.
The EFCC officials and armed policemen numbering over 50 attempted to enter the premises located at 46 Mamman Nasir Street, Asokoro, Abuja, but the heavily armed DSS officials, some of which are wearing masks, refused to allow the EFCC men inside.
The DSS officials simply said they were acting on “orders from above”.
Ekpenyong has been under investigation for his alleged role in the disbursement of funds meant for arms.
While a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) and other Service Chiefs have been arraigned, the DSS has refused to release its own officials for probe.
The DSS and the EFCC have been at loggerheads for over a year now which culminated in the DSS sending a report to the Senate not to confirm the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.