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Lawyer prays court to stop SSS from bearing DSS

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A Lagos-based lawyer, Tope Alabi, has asked a Federal High Court in Lagos to ban the State Security Service (SSS) from being addressed or addressing itself as Department of State Service (DSS) without an amendment of the law.

labi also prayed the court to declare that the DSS is not an agency established under any law in Nigeria.
He made the prayers in his August 23, 2021 suit marked FHC/L/CS/1071/21, with the SSS and Attorney-General of the Federation as first and second respondents.

He also sought a declaration that the authorised operations of the SSS neither involve arrest and detention of Nigerians without a court order nor involves arrest or extrajudicial killing of a person accused of a crime without a trial and conviction by a court.

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Alabi, in his affidavit in support of the suit, referenced the October 8, 2016, SSS invasion of judges’ homes; August 2, 2019 invasion of Omoyele Sowore’s home and that of the July 2021 raid on the home of Sunday Igboho, during which 12 persons were arrested.

He further sought a declaration that the authorised operations of the 1st defendant “do not involve the killing of Nigerians in their private homes at midnight when they are asleep, without a trial and conviction by the competent court in Nigeria and without a death sentence upon which execution may rest.”

In another prayer, he asked the court to determine whether the SSS can invade any state without the knowledge and consent of the sitting governor of such state, among other prayers.

According to him, the SSS had made itself “an agent for dispute settlement and debt recovery among the citizenry” and that its activities had been creating panic and terror in the society.

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