The Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum have raised concern over alleged unnecessary interference in electoral matters by the Department of State Services (DSS) especially in Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Abia States.
According to the Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, the forum condemns the alleged interference saying it is perceived as being used by the ruling party to stifle opposition.
The governors also asked why the DSS has not beamed its searchlight on states under the control of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) where alleged cases of bribery have been reported.
Four persons accused of kidnapping Lagos lawyer, Mr Mike Ozokhome (SAN) have told the court that they were forced to make their statement while in detention at the Department of State Services (DSS) headquarters.
The accused persons therefore asked the court to investigate the veracity of their statements and its admissibility in court.
The accused persons are standing trial on 12 count charge of terrorism and the kidnapping of Mr Ozokhome.
At the commencement of their trial, two of the three witnesses presented by the prosecuting counsel told the court how the accused persons attacked prison warders transporting the second accused person, Frank Azuekor, to court killing two of the prison warders and injuring three others.
However, the third prosecution witness, who is an investigative officer with the DSS told the court that all the accused persons made confessional statements of how they were involved in the kidnapping of prominent persons, between Delta and Edo States, armed robbery and murder of police and prison warders in the course of their operations.
He added that they threatened the Federal Government to grant them amnesty, failing which, they would make their communities ungovernable.
However counsel to the first to third accused persons opposed the admission of the said statements as evidence in court, insisting that there is the need to verify the authenticity of the statements, maintaining that the statements did not comply with Section 104, which stipulates that it must be certified by a superior authority in the DSS.
Lawyer to the fourth accused person however had no objection.
12 members of the Boko Haram have been arrested by the Department Of State Services (DSS) behind Apo Legislative Quarters in Abuja, a statement by the Deputy Director, Public Relations Of the State Services, Marilyn Ogar said on Friday.
The statement added that the operation “was sequel to information obtained from two (2) Boko Haram elements Kamal Abdullahi and Mohammed Adamu, who had earlier been arrested for terrorist activities. They led the security team to uncompleted buildings where arms were purported to have been buried underground”.
She noted that when the “team commenced digging for the arms, they came under heavy gunfire attack by other Boko Haram elements within the area, which prompted immediate response from the security team.
As a result, some persons were injured and twelve (12) others have been arrested in connection with the incident, and are making useful statements”.
The DSS however said “Normalcy has returned to the area. Members of the public are advised to go about their normal businesses, as appropriate security measures have been placed to ensure the safety of citizens in the FCT”.
It therefore “reiterated the need for all Nigerians to be vigilant of their immediate environment and promptly report suspicious activities to security agencies. Our National security must remain the collective responsibility of all Nigerians”.