Magu speaks on ‘street fight’ between EFCC, SSS, NIA officials

EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, on Thursday said there was no street fight between EFCC and two security agencies: Nigeria Intelligence Agency, NIA, and the State Security Service, SSS.

Mr. Magu’s stance was in response to comments by chairman of the Senate ad-hoc committee constituted to investigate the face-off, Francis Alimikhena.

Mr. Alimikhena while insisting that the hearing be held in presence of journalists had referred to the face-off among the agencies as street fight.

“There is nothing hidden because they fought in the street,” he said “They fought dirty and Nigerian people will like to know what led to that fight. What happened in that dirty fight, I don’t think it’s something we should hide from the public. For me, I would prefer that we do this openly for Nigerians to see. It’s a shame on all of us for sister security agencies to be fighting dirty in the street. Which means we don’t have spirit de corps. For them to fight in the public then they should tell us what led to that fight.”

The senator was the only one among the five committee members who wanted the hearing made public.

Mr. Magu, however, did not wait for the commencement of the closed-door session before venting his dissatisfaction at the senator’s choice of words.

The EFCC boss told the senator that the EFCC never engaged in street fight but went out to carry out its constitutional duty.

“Mr. Chairman, I really don’t know. There was no street fight, there was no dirty fight. We did not fight anybody. So, the reference to street fight dirty fight, I don’t think its proper sir. There was never a street fight. My men went there, they were not allowed to execute the due warrant of arrest and the search warrant.”

The senator did not respond to his comments.

The lawmakers then agreed to hold the hearing behind closed door.

The committee also agreed to hold separate hearing for each of the agencies, starting with the EFCC, before inviting the three to a final hearing.

PREMIUM TIMES reported the incident last month as NIA and SSS officials prevented the EFCC operatives from arresting Ita Ekpeyong, ex-head of the SSS; and Ayodele Oke, ex-head of the NIA.


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  • wode

    Mr. Alimikhena was just being grandstanding in his choice of words and that took away the intended importance he might want to ascribe to the unfortunate incident. I think Magu’s response is apt.

    • Shahokaya

      Don’t blame the senator, that is the language he understand better. Chamber fighting over egunje is not new in NASS.

  • Sam

    A biased committee chairman, trying to rubbish Magu ,obviously because of their dirty conscience. Too bad.

    • Otunba

      I doubt it very much if some of you who comment publicly here really understand the issues before jumping to take side. Hate these politicians, especially those legislators for whatever reasons, they are still working in the interest of you and I. I do not know, you may belong to any of these Security Agencies, hence your type of comment. If things of this nature are happening within their circles and no common sense for resolution, when they are actually working for the same purpose, if you, as an ordinary citizen fall victim, you will just get killed and they make a claim that you were trying to snatch their guns away from them, hence their extra judicial killing. If it was not a street fight, what other name do you call it? These are the same Agencies of government working for the same purpose. Are you saying if they go on operation there was a resistance from such direction there is no any remedy except to turn it to do-or-die? I am sure if they had gone for we ordinary civilians, it would have ended bloody. I have just made my honest contribution to shed light on the impilication of their ugly behaviour I have not requested for any abuse please. The more educated we are on issues like this, the better for us as a nation. In a sane clime, all those involved in that kind of altercation for that day should not still be wearing their uniforms today.

      • Ajibo

        But to be realistic there was no street fight or deity fight what so ever .

  • Man_Enough

    people in the top echelons of society ought to choose their words carefully while making public utterances. their speeches will be subjected to verity of interpretations.