The Department of State Security(DSS) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are currently in a battle royal over a building in Lagos.
The situation almost get out of hands on Monday as operatives of the state security stormed the Lagos office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, preventing officials of the anti-graft agency from gaining access to their office in Ikoyi, Lagos.
Impeccable sources in both agencies claimed that there has been an ongoing rivalry between the DSS and the EFCC over the ownership of the building.
An eye witness said that the DSS operatives stormed the office around 7:00 am on Tuesday, and refused to leave despite dialogue between operatives of both agencies.
“There’s been a running battle between EFCC and the Department of State Security over who owns the office because the office was used by DSS before the EFCC came on board and it was handed over to EFCC.
“But it’s been an administrative issue, and the matter is not in court and hasn’t caused any fracas before now. But we don’t understand why they have to block our office and deny our officials access when a new government just came in.”
But in a sharp reaction, official of DSS said “The office used to be ours, and we have been fighting over it for years now, and the EFCC knows.”
Meanwhile, spokespersons for both agencies could not be reached for their official comments.