Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja have arrested and are currently interrogating the Assistant Director of Finance for the Department of State Services (DSS), Kunle Kadri, over allegations of fraud and mismanagement.
Kadri, along with an accountant and a financial manager with the DSS, were taken into custody on Tuesday in handcuffs. They are being detained at the Idiagbon House, headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja.
Backstory: Kadri is believed to be an ally and confidant of the former director general of the DSS, Lawal Daura, who was dismissed from service last year after he led an operation at the National Assembly, sealing it off, in a bid to prevent lawmakers from sitting.
Detectives at the EFCC are hoping Kadri will help provide shed light into the brewing controversy on the N10.2 billion supplementary budget which the DSS received, in part, for its elections operations.
The supplementary election budget was proposed while Daura headed the DSS but was released after his exit and during the tenure of the current head of the agency, Yusuf Bichi.
According to an EFCC source, Kadri “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.”
Neither EFCC operatives nor DSS officials have so far offered any official suggestions of a Daura dimension to the N10.2 billion controversy.
However, the DSS on Tuesday issued a warning to the public to desist from engaging its former director-general, Daura, concerning official matters of the agency. The agency claimed that it has been inundated with insinuations that Daura still wields influence in its internal affairs, months after he was fired from office.