David Imoh: Online Publication Unhealthy For Inter-Security Agency Collaboration – DSS


The Department of State Services (DSS) has reacted to an online publication authored by one Adio Oluwole Bashir who purported to be a former staff of the Service.

Bashir had claimed to have led the team that arrested suspected killers of David Imoh, a sound engineer allegedly murdered on 12th May, 2022 at Lekki, Lagos State.

He further alleged that the suspects who were of Hausa origin were exchanged with Christians.

However, the DSS in a Statement by the Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya has disowned the claim as false and divisive.

“The DSS wishes to state that the write-up is completely false and frowns at the calculated effort to use its name for malicious purposes. It therefore requests the public to disregard the misleading narrative.”

The Service regarded Bashir as an impostor with no links with the DSS, just as it views the said claims as calculated attempts to fuel the embers of ethnic and religious intolerance in the country.

“Findings have, however, revealed that his aim is to ignite an ethno-religious conflict. His co-conspirators are elements of separatist groups who are desirous of achieving the same objective as well as pitting security agencies against one another.

“Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Command has issued an unambiguous statement on the entire episode. The Command’s clarification should guide public understanding of what actually transpired. Dragging the DSS which never participated in the operation at Lekki into his skewed account exposes the lies and intentions of Adio Oluwole Bashir and his cohorts.

“The Service also warns those bent on throwing the country into violence to retrace their steps and give peace a chance. While it reaffirms its commitment to continue to work with sister agencies to ensure lasting peace in the country, it will also not hesitate to bring to book those determined to break the law,” the DSS assured.


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