The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has finally arrested a former Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Ita Ekpenyong.
Mr. Ekpeyong was arrested in connection with alleged N17billion fraud perpetrated under the DSS while he was in charge.
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY understands that the arrest was said to be part of ongoing probe of the sacked DG of the agency, Lawal Daura.
The probe is sanctioned by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, who sacked Mr. Daura on Tuesday after the latter sent DSS operatives to unlawfully lock down the National Assembly.
Both Daura and Ekpeyong are said not to be able to account for the cash in the last three years.
Earlier in the day, EFCC operatives raided Ekpenyong’s house located in Asokoro, Abuja.
While Mr. Daura was in charge at the DSS, he had once foiled an EFCC attempt to arrest Ekpenyong.
The arrest comes barely 10 months after the DSS under the leadership of the recently sacked Daura, prevented EFCC men from arresting Ekpeyong despite a court order.
The former DSS strongman was eventually picked Thursday afternoon at his residence at 46, Maman Nasir Street, Asokoro, Abuja.
The EFCC men reportedly came in three buses and some patrol vehicles accompanied by over 20 armed policemen.
Acting President Osinbajo had held a second meeting behind closed doors on Wednesday with the chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu and the newly appointed acting director-genral of the DSS, Mathew Seiyifa.