"Nobody, no matter how highly placed, is above the law of the land".

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, on Wednesday said this while insisting that he would still arrest former Director-General of the Department of State Services, Ita Ekpeyong; and a former DG of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke despite opposition by officers of the DSS.

Magu said the commission has concrete evidence against the former DSS and NIA heads.

The EFCC boss spoke after he attended the inauguration of the committee on recovery of assets at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“The law will take its course,” he said.

There was tension in the Asokoro area of Abuja on Tuesday following a clash between officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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The anti-graft agency had 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 top security officials resisted the move, resulting in a heated argument.

The EFCC had invited Oke for questioning in connection with the $43 million found in an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Oke’s wife, who has also been summoned, was identified as the owner of the apartment.


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