Men from the Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday morning barred employees of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from their Lagos office.
Wilson Uwujaren, a spokesman for the EFCC, asserted that DSS officers “barricaded the entrance with armored personnel carriers”.
On Tuesday morning, it was reported that security agents were stationed at the EFCC office on Awolowo Road in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The dispute between the two organizations centres on who is the rightful owner of the structure.
Peter Afunanya, a DSS spokesperson, responded to the event by claiming that his agency did not barricade the EFCC office in Ikoyi and that the DSS is merely occupying its own space.
Afunanya said in a statement, “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 the media is insinuating. 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.
“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.”