DSS DG, EFCC Boss appear before Senate panel, refuses to testify publicly

Ebun Francis ||  Director General of  DSS and the Acting Chairman of the EFCC on Thursday appeared before the Senate Committee probing the fracas that occurred on November 21 between agents of the EFCC and DSS but refused to testify publicly

The duo insisted on giving their testimonies behind closed doors.

The chairman of the committee, Mr. Alimikhena had earlier insisted that the hearing is held in presence of journalists, insisting that the agencies engaged in a street fight.

Alimikhena said, “There is nothing hidden because they fought in the street.”

“They fought dirty and Nigerian people will like to know what led to that fight. What happened in that dirty fight, I don’t think it’s something we should hide from the public. For me, I would prefer that we do this openly for Nigerians to see. It’s a shame on all of us for sister security agencies to be fighting dirty in the street. Which means we don’t have spirit de corps. For them to fight in the public then they should tell us what led to that fight.”

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But Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said there was no street fight involving the EFCC as his agency was only trying to carry out its constitutional duty.

“Mr. Chairman, I really don’t know. There was no street fight, there was no dirty fight. We did not fight anybody. So, the reference to street fight, dirty fight, I don’t think its proper sir. There was never a street fight. My men went there, they were not allowed to execute the due warrant of arrest and the search warrant.”

The committee eventually agreed to hold the hearing behind closed door.

They also agreed to hold separate hearing for each of the agencies, starting with the EFCC.

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