There was an inter-agency war in Abuja over attempts by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest two former security chiefs.

The anti-graft agency had on Tuesday morning stormed the residences of Ayo Oke, sacked Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and Ita Ekpeyong, the immediate past Director-General of the DSS, in a bid to arrest both men.

But the operatives guiding the two former top security officials resisted the move leading to a heated arguments among the operatives.

The conflict reportedly caused a standoff between the security agencies and resulted into a traffic pileup in the area.

Oke was sacked on October 30 after his public involvement in the controversial N13 billion loot recovered by the EFCC from an Ikoyi apartment in April. He had laid claim to the funds, saying it was earmarked by the agency for covert operations.

Oke and his wife, Folasade, have been invited to the zonal office of the Commission in Lagos to answer some questions about the $43m, N23m and £27,000 recovered from the Ikoyi apartment.

Ekpenyong is being investigated  over issues that relate to the amount of money taken from the arms cash by the DSS under him.

Ekpenyong was sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari on July 2, 2015 and replaced by Lawal Musa Daura.