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EFCC grills SSS Finance Director loyal to ex-DG Lawal Daura – Report

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is currently drilling the Assistant Director of Finance in the State Security Service, SSS, Kunle Kadri, Over alleged loyalty to the immediate past director-general of the agency, Lawal Daura.

According to a report by the Premium Times, Mr Kadri was whisked from his home in handcuffs on Tuesday following a tip off over a brewing controversy on the N10.2 billion supplementary budget that the SSS received, in part, for its elections operations.

The source said Mr Kadri is currently detained at the cells of the Idiagbon House headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja.

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Mr Kadri is a noted ally and confidant of Mr Daura and is suspected to be still in active dialogue with him “so much as to describe it as a fiduciary relationship,” the source added.

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However, the report noted that the EFCC is not officially speaking on Mr Kadri’s investigation but usually reliable inside voices hinted that the assistant director would help provide some sunshine around the N10.2 billion supplementary budget fingered on Mr Daura.

The supplementary election budget was proposed while Mr Daura headed the SSS but was released after his exit and during the tenure of the current head of the agency, Yusuf Bichi.

“We think he is already making helpful statements for now and since he has worked with the past three directors-general of the service, there is no better person to offer a literate interpretation of some of the barbed edges in the accounting process at the agency,” a Premium Times source remarked.

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Recall that a recent statement by the SSS Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, had reacted to insinuations that it’s immediate past Director-General, Lawal Daura, was still in control of the activities of the agency.

Mr Daura was removed out of office following his alleged political involvement in the National Assembly siege by the operatives of the SSS.

A lot of people are of the opinion that the disgraced SSS D-G is still wields enormous influence in the agency, especially as people see the present D-G as being loyal to Mr Daura for allegedly having worked towards his appointment.

However, Mr Afunanya warned that “any person or group that further engages him or his representatives/associates does so at their own peril.”

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“The Service will not tolerate acts of impersonation designed to undermine it and will decisively deal with person(s), no matter how highly placed, that may engage in such behaviour.

“The public should, therefore, note this and avoid circumstances under which unsuspecting persons may be deceived.

“On the other hand, the DSS continues to recommit itself to the core values of professionalism, selflessness, vigilance and the rule of law that it has always been identified with,” the statement added.

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