The Department of State Services (DSS) has dismissed claims of abduction levelled against it.
An online newspaper, Peoples Gazette, in one of its publications quoted an International Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International (AI) as stating that SSS abducts innocent Nigerians under Buhari regime.
In a Press Statement made available to TV360, the Public Relations Officer of the Department of State Services, Peter Afunanya said, “whether reported by Peoples Gazette or Amnesty International, the Service outrightly denies this misleading narrative. It does not abduct Nigerians.”
Afunanya explained that arrests by the DSS, as part of its enforcement activities, are evidently carried out in line with tenets of democratic ideals.
“At no time has the agency embarked on its actions without following led down procedures in respect of obtaining warrants of arrest or orders for detention from competent legal authorities.
“The claim of abduction or use of enforced disappearances is an absolute lie and a make-up narrative designed to bring the Service to disrepute.”
He restated the commitment of the DSS to be law abiding and protective of citizens and sensitive government installations.
Promising also to remain true in the discharge of its mandate of intelligence collection and timely dissemination of same to relevant action agencies and stakeholders.
While the DSS Spokesperson called on the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists to go the extra mile in weeding out charlatans in the profession, he also urged Nigerians to be mindful of the excesses of Nigerians in the shape of the publisher of Peoples Gazette, Samuel Ogundipe, who use their platforms to undermine law and order.
“He is known to have, on several occasions, engaged in false and distorted publications to disinform the public. He and his cohorts are hereby 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 the likes to choose reason over fatuity; and patriotism over disloyalty and treachery. Their continuous mischievous resolve to use fake news and hate speech to set the country on fire is condemnable.
“Media practitioners in the country should rise above parochial considerations, sanitise its fold and fish out quacks among them. The media can also peer review and embark on self-censorship as part of achieving professionalism in the industry.
“They must reject the allure of enticement by external forces to use them to instigate violence or undermine government and its institutions. Otherwise, those who run foul of the law must be ready to face justice either now or in the future,” Afunanya advised.