EFCC Frees Ex-DSS Boss, Unfreezes Benue Govt. Accounts

EFCC Frees Ex-DSS Boss, Unfreezes Benue Govt. Accounts

Former Director General of the State Security Service, Ita Ekpeyong, has finally regained his freedom after he was arrested and detained by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Ekpeyong was arrested following his alleged role in the arms purchase scandal by the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (retd).EFCC Frees Ex-DSS Boss

The former DSS boss was arrested and taken to the Commission on Thursday afternoon, while his Asokoro Abuja resident was earlier raided by officials of the anti-graft agency.

Ekpeyong was invited in 2017 by EFCC but he didn’t honour the invitation and attempts by EFCC to arrest him then was resisted by the former director general of DSS, Lawal Daura, on the ground that it was against security protocol to arrest a former boss of the agency.

Meanwhile, the Chief Press Secretary to Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom has confirmed that state the government’s account has been unfrozen.

Terver Akase, confirmed that: “A few days ago, the EFCC gave directives to the banks to freeze the accounts of Benue State government. The banks didn’t tell us where the directive was coming from. EFCC does not have the powers to freeze the account except it passes through the court. We don’t know whether they used executive fiat to do that. The Finance Commissioner confirmed that the accounts have been unfrozen.

“Where was EFCC when the governor defected from the APC? Governor Ortom is a transparent governor who runs a transparent government and the EFCC will not find anything incriminating against him.

“We welcome the development, but the EFCC should not allow itself to be used as an attack dog to witch-hunt perceived enemies. If we do that, we will be going back to the dark days of military dictatorship”.