We don’t abduct Nigerians, only make arrest where necessary, DSS clarifies
Department of State Services has denied the report of abducting Nigerians in the form of arrest, noting that it a
law-abiding and professional agency committed to the protection of citizens and sensitive government installations.
The secret service was responding to a report which quoted Amnesty International (AI) as stating that the DSS abduct innocent Nigerians under the Buhari regime.
Spokesperson of the DSS, Peter Afunanya, in a statement on Wednesday said the DSS only arrests when, where and if necessary as part of its enforcement activities.
According to him, this is evidently carried out in line with tenets of democratic ideals.
He added that 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.
“The DSS is law-abiding and committed to the protection of citizens and sensitive government installations. In doing this, it will continue to discharge its mandate of intelligence collection and timely dissemination of same to relevant action agencies and stakeholders”, Afunanya said.
He stressed the need for media practitioners to 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 the government and its institutions. Otherwise, those who run foul of the law must be ready to face justice either now or in the future.”, he added.