Yemi Adedeji, Abuja
The Senate says the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Service (DSS) are undermining national security by engaging in the avoidable clash which occurred in November 2017.
The position of the Senate followed the consideration of the report of the ad-hoc committee on the investigation of “arrest episodes of November 21, 2017, among between officers of the EFCC, NIA, and DSS.”
The committee was set up following a public clash between operatives of the EFCC and DSS in a botched bid by the anti-graft agency to arrest a former Director General of DSS, Ita Ekpenyong, and a former Director of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke.
Francis Alimikhena, Chairman of the committee, said due to the clear acrimony between the heads of the EFCC and DSS, the meetings had to be conducted separately.
“The committee had to conduct hearings in camera and hold separate meetings with the security agencies. This lack of cooperation and cohesion is reflected at a secondary level with the EFCC and NSA belonging to one group while the NIA and DSS belong to another group, with no espirit de corps between the two groups,” he said.
The upper legislative chamber also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and quell the unnecessary rivalry between both agencies in order to avoid embarrassing the country locally and internationally.
He added that while politicians can disagree with one another, it is a sacrilege for security agencies to be at loggerheads.
“The negative concomitant effect is the insecurity we have in this country. The problem of herdsmen, killings, kidnappings, and terrorism can never be resolved except there is cooperation among sister security agencies,” he said.
Shehu Sani, (Kaduna APC) in his contribution, urged the president to call his appointees to order.
“The country has suffered enough, bloodshed in every part. Security agencies must be conscious of the need to work together for the betterment of the country. Personalities that man these agencies are involved in fighting against one another, and at the end of the day, the criminals, the violence, the killings continue,” Sani said.