Interagency rivalry: Sharing $1billion security fund will be a problem, says Dino Melaye

Dino Melaye

The Senate has cautioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) to exercise restraint when dealing with sister security agencies.

The recommendation follows the adoption of the report of an ad-hoc committee set up to investigate a face-off between armed operatives of the EFCC, the State Security Service, (SSS) and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

Officials of the SSS and EFCC were involved in a showdown in November when the anti-graft operatives attempted to arrest the immediate past Director-General of the SSS, Ekpenyong Ita, and the former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayodele Oke.

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Presenting their findings, chairman of the committee, Francis Alimikhena, noted the lack of cooperation among the security outfits, which he said led to the face-off.

“There exists an acrimony between the chief executive officers of these security agencies. This was noticed from the outset of the investigation, leading the committee to conduct the hearings in camera as well as holding separate meetings with the security agencies.

“This lack of cooperation and cohesion is reflected at a secondary level with the EFCC and the NSA belonging to one group and the NIA and DSS belonging to another group. Accordingly, the principle of espirit-de-corps appears to be lost between this two groups.

“The failure of the Office of the National Security Adviser to act on the letter by the Director-General, DSS, dated 25th July, 2017, by implication, amounted to failure to discharge its statutory responsibilities as contained in Section 4 of the National Security Agencies Act, Cap 74 LFN 2004.

Inter-agency rivalry bane of Nigeria’s insecurity, says Dino Melaye

Inter-agency rivalry bane of Nigeria’s insecurity, says Dino Melaye

Inter-agency rivalry bane of Nigeria’s insecurity, says Dino Melaye

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