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Journalists petition DSS over threat to lives


Department-of-State-of-State-Service-DSSResidents of Journalists Estate, Arepo, Ogun State have petitioned the State Directorate of State Security Service (SSS) over an allege incessant threats to their lives.

The petition, titled “SOS: Flying high calibre bullets in our Estate”, signed by the Chairman of the Journalists Estate Residents Development Association Phase 2 (JERDA), Mr. Eniola Bello, cited several instances where bullets have pierced through the roofs of some of the residents houses.
He recalled, “On Friday, March 13, 2015, at about 10am, a bullet from a high calibre rifle, suspected to be an AK-47 pierced through the roof of my house.

He stated that the bullets “also pierced through the roof to the Plaster of Paris(PoP) to land in my bedroom”.
Bello who is the Managing Director of THISDAY Newspapers said “On
Sunday , March 15, 2015, a similar type of bullet pierced through a Honda CR-V with registration No. FKJ 364 AT belonging to Rakiya Suber, right inside her compound two houses away from my house”.
The petition added,”Sometimes in September 2014, another resident of the estate, Gbemi Olujobi, found yet another similar bullet piercing through the building into her bedroom at about 10pm while she was about to go to bed”.
“Also last year, one other resident got the windscreen of his car shattered where it was parked in his compound from a similar bullet”, he added.

He said the incidents had been reported to the Divisional Police Headquarters, Ibafo, stressing “We decided to bring this to your (SSS) attention as the frequency with which bullets are landing in our bedrooms and our compounds have become rather disturbing”.

He noted “We have been lucky so far that nobody has been injured or killed. We, however, do not want to continue riding on the wings of luck. It is for this reason we have decided to run to you to save our souls.”
“We pray you get your men to investigate, locate and bring to justice the people firing high calibre guns aimlessly and endangering our lives in our own homes. We count on you to address this matter with the urgency it deserves”, the petition added .

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