SSS DISCOVERS DOLLAR FILLED ROOM IN AKWA IBOM STATE GOVERNMENT HOUSE



A top official of the State Security Service familiar with the SSS raid of the Akwa Ibom Government House has told Premium Times that the Service stumbled on “shocking stockpiles of U.S. dollars”.

The State Security Service (SSS) had on Thursday raided the Hilltop Mansion in a joint operation carried out by operatives from the agency’s headquarters in Abuja and a detachment from the Akwa Ibom State Command of the Service.

“Our men went there expecting weaponry but we didn’t find arms. Instead, we stumbled on a room filled with stockpiles of dollars.”


Some operatives had earlier said they found arms and ammunition in one of the rooms in the complex.

But another top official of the Service said the claim was an exaggeration. He requested not to be named as he was not authorised to speak on the matter.

The official said the SSS team however left the dollars untouched for fear of the “political backlash that might result if we evacuate it. They had no instruction to evacuate it.”

After ransacking the entire residence of the governor, which is yet to be occupied by the serving Governor, Udom Emmanuel, the operatives moved to guest houses and the presidential lodge, said to be currently in use by ex-Governor Godswill Akpabio.

It was in one of the guest houses within the expansive complex, the source said, that the dollars were found locked up in a room.

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