DSS operatives invade EFCC headquarters amid Bawa’s investigation, cart away sensitive documents

Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) have raided the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The raid which was carried out on Friday night lasted till early Saturday morning.

The development is coming days after the suspended Chairman of the anti-corruption agency Abdurasheed Bawa was arrested by the DSS.

Although the main reason for the raid is yet to be known, an insider said the DSS is working for a particular interest very important to the president beyond what the public is made to believe.

Another source said it may be linked to the recent closure of the EFCC office in Ikoyi, Lagos by the DSS.

I heard the raid and partisanship of the DSS was the reason why they raised an alarm yesterday (Saturday) that some of their disgruntled officers are planning to shame the agency and embarrass the leadership,” the source said.

Some of the investigators handling the case of former Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle are to be summoned by the DSS for interrogation, it was further learnt.

“That is actually intimidation, symptomatic of what former Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami did during Ibrahim Magu’s time as EFCC chairman to get several suspects off the hook,” the source said.

It was revealed that Matawalle was being investigated by the commission in two separate cases. One of them is a case involving his private company which got money from the National Security Adviser’s office without executing the contract, which was investigated under the chairmanship of Magu. The other case involves the alleged fraud committed by Matawalle while in office.

Someone close to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu also informed Sahara Reporters that the president is also aware of the moves by the former governor to stop the anti-corruption body from probing him, which includes obtaining court orders to restrain the commission and other agencies from carrying out their investigations.

By Temitope Hassan