Ekpeyong, Oke Arrest: Call DSS To Order, Sagay Tells Buhari

Itse Sagay, chairman, presidential advisory committee against corruption (PACAC)

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The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, Prof. Itse Sagay, SAN, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is the only one that can call the Department of State Service, DSS to order.

He made the statement following the face off that occurred between operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and the DSS over the arrest of its former Director General and ex-DG of NIA, Ayo Oke.

Sagay, in an interview with The Punch advised the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, to write a letter on the clash between the EFCC and the DSS to President Buhari.

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Sagay said, “I think the EFCC should refer the matter to the President so that he can take action because the President is the overall boss and if people are misbehaving like that, preventing agencies from doing their work, then there should be a penalty for misconduct.

“We all know that the law empowers the EFCC to investigate, arrest and prosecute and they have the right to interrogate and invite you and if you refuse to come, they can arrest you.

“So, anybody, who refuses, that is engaging in lawlessness and is trying to turn the country into a chaotic state of lawlessness which is certainly not good for the country.

“No one is immune from arrest except the President, Vice-President, governor and deputy governor.

“The DSS procedures do not supersede the laws of the land. The EFCC Act does not require the agency writing to anybody first.

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“They cannot make a law that supersedes that of the National Assembly. The excuses of the DSS are just a way of covering up sheer lawlessness.”

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