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El-Zakzaky lied, we didn’t divert his N4million monthly allowance – DSS

By Sodiq Omolaoye, Abuja
20 December 2021   |   2:09 pm
The Department of State Services (DSS) has accused the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, of giving false statements of events that transpired while he was in custody. The Shiites' leader alleged that the DSS diverted N4 million monthly allowance meant for him and his wife while they were detained.…

[FILES] Shiite cleric Ibrahim El-Zakzaky is seen in Kano on July 28, 2021 upon his release. – A Nigerian court on Wednesday acquitted and released Shiite cleric Ibrahim Zakzaky, who had been detained for murder with his wife since 2015, one of his lawyers said. (Photo by – / AFP)

The Department of State Services (DSS) has accused the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, of giving false statements of events that transpired while he was in custody.

The Shiites’ leader alleged that the DSS diverted N4 million monthly allowance meant for him and his wife while they were detained.

He said they personally took care of their own feeding and utilities during the period.

But DSS spokesman Peter Afunanya said the claim was false and is aimed at maligning the security agency.

He said that the secret police is completely guided by the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) which he said governs its suspect handling rules.

Afunanya said, “this is a complete falsehood spread by someone desirous of maligning a noble organisation like the DSS.

“It is unfortunate someone like him chose to lie. Possible he lost complete memory about the facts and the truth.

“The DSS doesn’t maltreat suspects. While in India years back, he chose or preferred to be returned to the DSS custody.

“Why? Because according to him, he had better treatment. So, we will ignore him. Those who have issues before the court should face their cases and stop blaming the DSS.

“We respect the laws and will always be governed by the principles of rule of law. The DGSS, Alhaji Yusuf Magaji Bichi, is a democrat who respects rules of engagement and democracy.”