President Bola Tinubu has directed the Department of State Services (DSS) to immediately vacate the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Ikoyi, Lagos.
Tinubu gave the directive on Tuesday in a statement by his media aide Tunde Rahman following reports that DSS officials stormed the EFCC office located on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi.
Officials of the DSS prevented EFCC personnel from accessing their workplace. It was gathered that both agencies are claiming ownership of the building.
“The President said if there were issues between the two important agencies of government, they would be resolved amicably,” the statement said.
EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said in a statement that the commission found it strange “given that we have cohabited with the DSS in that facility for 20 years without incident.”
“The siege is inconsistent with the synergy expected of agencies working for the same government and nation, especially when there are ongoing discussions on the matter,” Uwujaren added.
But the DSS in a statement by its spokesman Peter Afunanya said reports saying the secret police barricaded EFCC from entering its office were wrong. “The Service is only occupying its own facility where it is carrying out its official and statutory responsibility,” Afunanya said.