Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has described the face-off between Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) officials and those of the State Security Service, (SSS), and National Intelligence Agency, (NIA) as counter-productive to the fight against graft.
In the move to arrest both men, operatives of the agencies drew their guns, cocked and came close to firing themselves.
The drama lasted over 13 hours.
"According reports, the EFCC officials tried to arrest the former head of the NIA, Ayo Oke, and former head of the SSS, Ita Ekpeyong, from their homes on Mamman Nasir Street in the Asokoro district of Abuja but were resisted by armed security agents of the two agencies".
It was noted that the refusal of the DSS operatives to allow the EFCC execute valid search and arrest warrants is considered worrisome.
After a heated argument, the EFCC retreated and cordoned off all roads leading to the property with a yellow tape which bore the words, "crime scene, do not cross".
In fact, the DSS reportedly beefed up security in the house with over 30 more armed operatives.
The EFCC operatives, also accompanied by several policemen, equally cocked their own guns in preparation to shoot.
Attempts by EFCC operatives to arrest him were also stopped by NIA operatives and policemen guarding his home.
He therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to weigh in and ensure that the right action is taken before the country is turned into a banana republic. EFCC sources claim the former NIA boss has refused to honour the EFCC's invitation for over 3 weeks. He wrote to the EFCC informing the commission that he had not yet fully handed over to his successor and had not even finished moving his belongings from his official apartment.
"Ambassador Oke was placed on suspension in May and his wife waited for over five months but when the report was not implemented, she could not wait any longer as she had a doctor's appointment overseas".