Friday, August 10, 2018
Soni Daniel, Abuja
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has released the former Director General of the State Security Service, Mr. Ita Ekpeyong, barely four hours after he was taken to the headquarters of the anti-graft agency.
A source said Ekpenyong, who is regarded one of the finest officers that the agency has ever produced, was released when the commission could not pin down any incriminating material to him in the course of its investigation into how some funds were used in the run-up to the 2015 election.
The commission is said to have invited the former DG with a view to determine whether he was involved in any way in the use of the alleged funds either for election or arms acquisition.
The commission is said to have gone to the former DG with the hope that the raid on his house and his questioning would yield credible information with which to nail his embattled successor, Daura, who is now in the eye of the storm over this week's audacious invasion of the National Assembly.
But a source in EFCC confirmed last night that Ekpenyong was released on self recognition and on the understanding that he would make himself available if the need arose for him to be summoned.
A source close to Ekpenyong confirmed around 9 pm on Thursday that he had since arrived his house and was resting.