The Department of State Services (DSS) said that contrary to media reports and Amnesty International (AI) reports that it has abducted innocent citizens, the Service is not involved in any abductions of citizens.
DSS Spokesperson, Dr. Peter Afunanya, while reacting to media and Amnesty International reports that the Service had abducted innocent citizens during the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, flatly denied the reports and dismissed them. described as a misleading narrative.
The DSS spokesperson said in a statement late Wednesday that “as part of its enforcement activities, DSS stops when, where and if necessary. This is obviously done in accordance with the principles of democratic ideals.
“At no time has the agency undertaken its actions without following successful procedures in order to obtain arrest warrants or detention warrants from the competent judicial authorities. The allegation of kidnapping or use of enforced disappearances is an absolute lie and a fabricated narrative intended to bring discredit to the Service.
Afunanya added, “DSS is law-abiding and committed to protecting citizens and sensitive government facilities. In doing so, it will continue to fulfill its mandate to collect information and disseminate it in a timely manner to action agencies and relevant stakeholders.
“Public attention, however, must be drawn to the deliberate and determined efforts of Peoples Gazette editor Samuel Ogundipe to use his platform to undermine law and order.
“He is known to have, on several occasions, indulged in false and distorted publications to misinform the public.
“He and his cohorts are warned, for the umpteenth time, to desist from these deplorable acts against the peace and security of the nation. It is time for Ogundipe and his ilk to choose reason over fatuity; and patriotism rather than disloyalty and betrayal. Their mischievous resolve and continued use of fake news and hate speech to set the country on fire is condemnable.