Despite Glaring Atrocities, Nigeria’s Lawless Department Of State Services Asks Ex-Presidential Aide To Retract Indicting Statement

The Department of State Services (DSS) has written to Segun Adeniyi, a Nigerian journalist and present chair of the editorial board of ThisDay newspapers to instantly retract a press release made in one among his publications. 

The letter, written by the DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya sought the correction to a press release Adeniyi made in one among his opinion articles. 

Despite Glaring Atrocities, Nigeria's Lawless Department Of State Services Asks Ex-Presidential Aide To Retract Indicting Statement 2

The paragraph beneath competition learn thus, “Hundreds of innocent citizens are currently languishing in Police and State Security Services detention centres across the country, following arrests ordered by powerful men and women.”

Peter mentioned this was not true as he claimed that no Nigerian was arrested by DSS operatives on the order of personal residents. 

He additionally acknowledged that the DSS shouldn’t be run down by the media on the slightest alternative, describing the company as one which carries out its duties following the rule of legislation.

“Dear Mr Olusegun Adeniyi, without efforts to join issues with you on an opinion expressed by you in your article of 5th August 2021 on the above subject matter, the SSS takes exceptions to the part that states that ‘Hundreds of innocent citizens are currently languishing in Police and State Security Services (SSS) detention centres across the country, following arrests ordered by powerful men and women’.

“This is not true. I do not speak for the Police but it is certain that no Nigerian or anyone for that matter is in the SSS/DSS custody on the order(s) of private citizens or persons. The SSS has an SOP on the criminal justice administration. 

“The media owes a duty, propelled by good conscience and the common good, to guide public narratives about some government agencies and their sacrifices to uphold security, peace and unity of this nation, Nigeria. 

“The SSS should not be run down given the slightest opportunity. You had been at the commanding heights of governance and national security administration and management to understand issues so as not to misinform the public.

“It is unacceptable for a respectable columnist of your experience and status to make a sweeping statement like the one herein. It is misleading, inciting, denigrating, demeaning, misinforming and should be withdrawn. The SSS and indeed security agencies, if not praised, should be supported. The Organisation may not be perfect but it is doing so much for the Country. 

”It respects and loves the residents and residents and strives to serve them primarily based on greatest practices, rule of legislation/engagement and a steadiness between rights and nationwide safety.

“Thank you Sir as you correct this erroneous impression created about the Service. I remain your partner in progress and service to fatherland.”

This is despite several atrocities committed by the officials of the lawless DSS against journalists, human rights activists and other citizens.

For instance, DSS operatives detained 26 members of the Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria, ABCON, Northwest chapter, who were invited from Kano, Sokoto, Yola, Minna and Lagos for questioning in Abuja over alleged ties with financiers of terrorism in Nigeria.

The DSS for several weeks refused to arraign the suspects before a court.

On October 8, 2016, Governor Nyesom Wike foiled the attempted ‘kidnap’ of Mohammed Liman, a judge by DSS operatives.

DSS operatives had stormed 35, Forces Avenue, Port Harcourt, the residence of Liman.

The DSS had raided the houses of judges across the country while searching for “evidence linking the judges to corruption”.

Some judges have been later prosecuted by the key police however Wike ensured that Liman was not arrested on the evening that safety operatives laid siege to his residence.

Wike had accused the safety businesses of not following due course of within the discharge of their duties.

On August 3, two days earlier than a deliberate nationwide protest, the DSS arrested human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, and detained him for 144 days. 

Sowore was illegally arrested round 1: 30am in Lagos State for creating and championing ‘#RevolutionNow’, a hash tag used to criticise President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration on the social media over poor governance.

He was moved to the company’s headquarters in Abuja the place he was illegally detained for 144 days. 

In a twist of occasion, after a court docket had ordered his launch, lawless DSS operatives invaded the Federal High Court in Abuja on December 6, 2019, to rearrest him with none court docket order.

He remained in illegal detention till 18 days later when he was launched by the key police for the second time.

On July 4, the DSS on the order of the Dunamis International Gospel Centre arrested 5 activists for sporting #BuhariMustGo T-shirts to the church.

The activists spent one month on the detention centre of the DSS as the key police continued to violate court docket orders on their launch.

They have been lastly launched on Wednesday, August 4 after a sequence of violations of their rights by the DSS.  

The DSS which dragged them earlier than a Magistrates’ Court in Mpape, additionally refused to permit them to good their bail circumstances earlier than hurrying them again into detention.

The activists specifically Ben Mannaseh; Emmanuel Larry; Victor Udoka Anene; a blind saxophonist, Samuel Gabriel Iwatonaiye and Henry Nwodohave spent over 30 days in unlawful detention.

In 2017, Femi Falana (SAN), a human rights lawyer, accused the DSS of “embarrassing” the present administration by “illegal” arrest and detention harmless of residents.

He wrote a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, alleging that the key police have been utilizing its operations to settle private scores.

Falana mentioned opposite to Buhari’s promise to make sure “responsible and accountable governance at all levels of government in the country” when he assumed workplace, the safety company has engaged within the “indiscriminate arrest and detention of many citizens and foreigners living in Nigeria”.

He mentioned the “failure” of Buhari’s authorities to warning the DSS management has created the impression that the present administration doesn’t have respect for the elemental rights of the Nigerian folks.

Also, the DSS reportedly repeatedly violated the rights of 12 associates of Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, often known as Sunday Igboho.

SaharaReporters gathered that the aides, who have been detained for 34 days slept on the naked ground amid a sequence of inhumane remedies meted out to them.

SaharaReporters had earlier reported how DSS operatives dehumanised the girl among the many arrested aides of Igboho, refusing to permit her to alter her underwear.

The operatives had refused to permit the girl, Amoda Babatunde, often known as Lady Ok, have entry to new garments.

The operatives reasonably insisted that she wash the garments on her, dry and put on them.

Sources on the DSS detention camp added that the operatives watched as Lady Ok was “forced to strip herself; wash her clothes and dry them outside while she waits while being naked till they dry.”

The DSS on July 1 raided Igboho’s residence in Ibadan, Oyo State, killing two of his associates and arresting 12 others.

Those arrested at Igboho’s residence alongside Amoda have been Abdulateef Ofeyagbe, Tajudeen Erinoyen, Diakola Ademola, Abideen Shittu, Jamiu Noah, Ayobami Donald, Adelabe Usman, Oluwapelumi Kunle, Raji Kazeem, Taiwo Opeyemi, and Bamidele Sunday.

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