DSS Vows To Ensure Hitch-Free Ondo Election

DSS officials at the Federal High Court in Abuja on December 6, 2019.

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has promised to support the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure a hitch-free governorship election in Ondo State.

The security agency also vowed to partner sister agencies to ensure that the election which is scheduled for October 10 is successful.

“The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to assure the public and stakeholders in the Ondo Governorship election scheduled for 10th October 2020 of its preparedness for the exercise.

“In this vein, the Service will not only partner with sister security agencies but support the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that the election is hitch-free. It has also enjoined its personnel to remain professional while discharging their duties,” the statement signed by the spokesperson of the commission, Peter Afunanya, read in part.

The Service advised all players in the electoral process to abide by the rules of the game as persons and groups that may wish to engage in violent activities leading to the breakdown of law will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

‘If I Perish, I Perish’: Mailafia Reports At DSS Office For Third Time

FILE: A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Obadiah Mailafia

 

Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Obadiah Mailafia on Monday honoured the invitation of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Jos, the Plateau state capital, for the third time.

Mailafia has been subject to a series of DSS invitations after making comments bordering on national security over live radio.

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He had alleged that a governor from the northern part of the country is the leader of the Boko Haram terror group.

The DSS has described Mailafia’s comments as “fake news” designed to create “unnecessary tension” in the country.

A cross section of the crowd protesting the 'intimidation' of former CBN Deputy Governor, Mailafia by the DSS on September 14, 2020.
A cross-section of the crowd protesting the ‘intimidation’ of former CBN Deputy Governor, Mailafia by the DSS in Jos on September 14, 2020.

 

Mailafia, meanwhile, has sued the DSS over the repeated invitations, which he described as an intimidation, harassment, persecution, and witch hunt.

On his arrival at the DSS office on Monday, people carried placards with different inscriptions calling for an end to his interrogation by security agents.

Mailafia said he honoured the invitation to show that he was a law abdiding citizen of Nigeria and to clarify whatever issues the security officials had with him.

“I do not know why I have been invited yet again,” he said. “This has nothing to do with politics. I spoke as a citizen of this country, who loves the people of this country.

“I am the voice of thousands of voiceless people; Muslim youths have taken me as their voice, Christian youths have taken me as their voice; thousands of people have been killed in this country, in Borno, in Yobe, in Adamawa, in Katsina, in Daura, in Birnin-Gwari, in Zamfara, in Niger, in Southern Kaduna, in Benue, in Plateau, all over the country.

“Even the other day, a pregnant woman was killed in Bayelsa. I am the voice of the holy martyrs, and if I perish, I perish.”

DSS Invites Ex-CBN Deputy Governor Mailafia Again

A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the nation’s Finance Bill (2019) into law.

 

The Department of State Security Services (DSS) has once again invited the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia, to its office in Jos, the Plateau State Capital.

Mailafia, who was also the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) has previously been interrogated by officials of the security agencies in connection with comments he reportedly made during a radio interview about the leadership of Boko Haram.

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His lawyer, Yakubu Bawa, confirmed to journalists on Friday that this is the third time Mailafia will be appearing at the DSS office in Jos.

Mailafia’s recent invitation might not be unconnected with his comments during the radio interview and his claims that bandits terrorising Southern Kaduna moved weapons across the country even during the COVID-19- lockdown.

Bawa claimed that Mailafia had spent over 20 years working abroad as a university teacher, banker, and civil servant with an unblemished record and no criminal record but he is still being subjected to criminal investigation and persecution.

He explained that a recent invitation by the deputy inspector general of police, asking dr Mailafia to again appear at the force headquarters in Abuja, has forced him approached a Jos High Court to seek his fundamental rights not to appear before the police since the DSS is currently investigating the matter.

The former CBN Deputy Governor has maintained that he does not support or promote violence and will never support evil.

 

DSS Says IPOB Attacked Its Patrol Team In Enugu, Killed Two Officers

A file photo of DSS officials.
A file photo of DSS officials.

 

A patrol team of the Department of State Services (DSS) was attacked in Enugu state on Sunday by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), according to DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya.

Afunanya, in a statement, added that the Service lost two of its officials “in what was clearly an unprovoked violent attack”.

The group, which is calling for the secession of the South-East region from Nigeria, has been proscribed by the Federal Government.

The DSS, in its Sunday statement, said measures have been put in motion to fish out the killers.

 

READ THE DSS FULL STATEMENT BELOW:

UNPROVOKED VIOLENT ATTACK ON DSS PATROL TEAM IN ENUGU

The DSS wishes to inform the public that its patrol team was, today, 23rd August, 2020, attacked in Emene, Enugu State by members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The Service lost two personnel in what was clearly an unprovoked violent attack launched by IPOB on the team.

The Service hereby condoles with families of the departed officers and also prays for the repose of their souls.

However, all measures have been put in place to ensure that their killers and everyone involved in this dastardly act are promptly apprehended and brought to justice. Consequently, a full scale investigation will be carried out with regard to the incident.

Once again, the Service reaffirms its commitment to assiduously work with other security agencies to maintain public safety and order. It, therefore urges law abiding citizens and residents to go about their normal businesses without fear.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D
Public Relations Officer
Department of State Services
National Headquarters
Abuja
23rd August, 2020

DSS Invites 10 APC Leaders In Edo For ‘Important Meeting’

A file photo of DSS officials on duty.

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has invited 10 leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State for an ‘important meeting’.

According to a letter from the security agency, the politicians are to attend the meeting scheduled to hold on Saturday at the DSS Command Headquarters in Benin City, the state capital.

A copy of the letter, dated August 20, 2020, and addressed to one Tony Adun who is also known as Kabakaba, was obtained by Channels Television on Friday.

While the DSS did not disclose the agenda of the meeting, it is suspected to be in connection to the forthcoming governorship election in Edo.

“I am directed to invite you (Adun) to an important meeting with the State Director of Security,” part of the letter read.

Adun was asked to attend the meeting with the National Chairman of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), and eight other leaders of the APC in the state.

They include Ehis Adams – APC Leader in Oredo, Osaro Idahosa – APC Leader in Ikpoba-Okha, and Okunbor Roberts – APC Leader in Ovia South-West LGA.

Others are ‘Atarodo’ – APC member, Kingsley Amedo – APC member, Richard Obe – APC member, Osarobo Idehen – APC member, and Dr Emma – APC member.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed September 19 to conduct the election in Edo State.

In compliance with its Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election and in accordance with Section 34 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), INEC cleared 14 candidates for the poll on July 18.

The electoral umpire stressed that with the publication of the final list of candidates, no political party can withdraw or substitute any of the nominated candidates, as well as tamper with the list and particulars of the candidates in a manner inconsistent with the intendment of the Constitution and the Electoral Act.

Read the letter from the DSS below:

Mailafia Re-Invited By DSS

 

A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Obadiah Mailafia, has been re-invited by the Department of State Security (DSS) for questioning.

Mailafia spoke to reporters in Jos on Monday as he prepared to honour the security outfit’s invitation.

“I don’t know the reason but I am going as a good citizen, as a loyal and obedient citizen of this country, to honour every authority and to listen and to help them in the course of their inquiry,” he said.

Mailafia was questioned by the DSS, barely a week ago, in connection with comments he made about the leadership of Boko Haram.

He was released after more than six hours of grilling.

After his release, the DSS said Mailafi’s claim that a governor from the North is the leader of Boko Haram is false.

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) also fined Lagos-based radio station, Nigeria Info, for airing Mailafia’s comments.

After his initial release, Mailafia said he was privy to “very sensitive information” and should have “taken more care to corroborate some of the information I received.”

Mailafia’s Claim On Boko Haram Sponsor Is Fake News, Says DSS

A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Obadiah Mailafia

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has criticised the claim by a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Obadiah Mailafia, that a governor from the north is the leader of the Boko Haram sect.

In a statement issued on Friday, DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, described the claim as fake news, saying it only lends credence to the service’s alert about desperate efforts by some notable personalities to cause a total breakdown of law and order.

According to the secret service, Mailafia as a directing staffer at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), has unrestricted access to security agencies.

“It is disappointing that he never took advantage of these to reach any of the security or related agencies to share the so-called information at his disposal. This, he has agreed to be a grievous error on his part,” Afunanya said.

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Mailafia was on Wednesday invited by the service to its office in Jos, the Plateau State capital, over the claim he made in an interview on a radio station in Abuja.

After his release from the DSS custody, Mailafia insisted he stood by his claims.

The service, however, warned that it will ill not stand idly and watch those it describes as disgruntled and aggrieved elements take laws into their hands and cause mayhem in the polity.

SEE FULL STATEMENT HERE:

PRESS RELEASE
DSS REITERATES WARNING AGAINST EFFORTS TO SUBVERT THE NATION

On 27th July, 2020, the Department of State Services (DSS) alerted the nation about desperate efforts by some notable personalities to use their exalted positions; take advantage of developments in the country and cause a total breakdown of law and order. It also revealed that part of the orchestrations was to engage in divisive acts as well as use inciting statements to pit one group against another.

With the latest occurrences in the country, Nigerians may have no reason to doubt the Service’s earlier pronouncement. Dr. Obadiah Mailafiya’s recent outburst aimed at playing to the gallery and creating unnecessary tension is a confirmation of his group’s desperation to breach the peace.

Mailafiya, as a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and currently, a Directing Staff at Nigeria’s foremost Policy Research Institute, the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, has unhindered access to government platforms. It is expected that he should be conversant with official information management protocols.

But regrettably, he chose to cross the lines of decorum and conduct expected of a personality of his status. It is disappointing that he never took advantage of these to reach any of the security or related agencies to share the so-called information at his disposal. This, he has agreed to be a grievous error on his part. It, however, suggests his mischief and determination to use the fake news he spewed to incite the people under his control.

It is even more condemnable that Mailafiya, who had profusely apologized during his visit to the Service’s Plateau State Command for his ignoble statement, would, afterwards, announce to the world that he stood by his misguided eruption.

Similarly, the Service also wishes to warn others, who in the guise of political mobilization and supposed pursuit of group interests, engage in hostile and subversive activities, to desist forthwith from advancing their inimical and parochial causes.

The Service will not stand idly and watch disgruntled and aggrieved elements take laws into their hands and cause mayhem in the polity.

In line with its mandate of detecting and preventing threats and crimes against the internal security of Nigeria, the Service hereby reiterates its previous warning that it will henceforth not condone unruly conducts of persons and groups that ought to know better.

In this regard, it will not hesitate to, within the confines of the law, decisively deal with such persons and/or groups, no matter how highly placed, that may wish to test its resolve. It will, nonetheless, continue to support participatory democracy in the country and therefore urges all players to abide by the rules of the game.

On the other hand, the Service implores law-abiding citizens to go about their normal businesses without fear. It assures them of protection and pledges to strengthen existing measures designed to achieve this objective.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D
Public Relations Officer,
Department of State Services,
National Headquarters,
Abuja
14th August, 2020

Presidential Appointment: DSS Arrests Man Who Attempted $50,000 Fraud

DSS spokesman, Dr Peter Afunaya, addressing reporters at the Service’s headquarters in Abuja on August 11, 2020.

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested a suspect for attempting to defraud his victim of $50,000 to secure a presidential appointment.

DSS Public Relations Officer, Dr Peter Afunaya, paraded the suspect on Tuesday at a press briefing in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He identified the suspect as Mohammed Momoh, a 42-year-old indigene of Kogi State in Nigeria’s north-central region.

Afunaya explained that Mohammed was caught while trying to obtain the sum from his victim whom he promised to assist in securing an appointment as a Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The suspect, Mohammed Momoh, is being paraded at the DSS headquarters in Abuja on August 11, 2020.

He warned Nigerians desirous of political appointments to beware of fraudsters who harvest information with the sole aim of defrauding unsuspecting victims.

The DSS spokesman also appealed to Nigerians to always report the activities of fraudsters to security agencies in order to stem the tide of name dropping, impersonation, and obtaining by tricks.

Watch the full video of the parade of the suspect below:

Replacing Service Chiefs Won’t Solve Nigeria’s Security Challenges, Says Ex-DSS Director

The former Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Mike Ejiofor, has reacted to the security challenges in several parts of the country.

Ejiofor who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise said the replacement of the nation’s service chiefs will not address the security concerns.

According to him, the only person authorised to change the service chiefs is President Muhammadu Buhari who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

While admitting that the heads of security and intelligence agencies have done enough in tackling the issues, their best is not yet enough.

“Even if you change the service chiefs now, under the present operating circumstance and environment, there is not going to be any change.

“Our military and security services are ill-equipped; they are understaffed just like any other sector of our polity. With this pandemic coming in, it becomes a problem. But we have to move forward,” he said.

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Speaking further, the DSS former boss called for collaboration for the nation to win the war against terrorism, adding that Nigeria alone cannot curb the menace.

Ex-DSS Director, Mike Ejiofor speaks on the security challenges in the country.

 

He noted that the United States had provided technical support for Nigeria through the delivery of a Tucano plane and military asset, adding that the aircraft will take time before arriving in the country.

Ejiofor called for a complete restructuring not just of the country, but also the nation’s security architecture if the battle against insecurity is to be won.

His remarks come amid calls in some quarters for the resignation or replacement of the service chiefs.

Just recently, the National Assembly passed a vote of no confidence on the heads of security agencies for failing to address the spate of attacks and killings in the country.

#RevolutionNow: DSS, Police Disperse Protesters In Abuja

 

Security operatives on Wednesday dispersed demonstrators who were carrying out a #RevoltuionNow protest in Abuja. 

A team of security operatives including the Department of State Services (DSS), Nigerian Police Force (NPF), and the Army, pursued both protesters and journalists from the scene of the protest.

The march was a commemoration of the nationwide protest stagged by members of the #RevolutionNow movement headed by Mr. Omoyele Sowore in 2019.

Sowore, the leader of the movement, was not among the demonstrators in Abuja on Wednesday,  however, the march was led by Mr. Pelumi Olajegbensi, who called for a change in government, and insisted that there is a need for political revolution.

Mr. Olajegbensi accused the Federal Government of failing to protect Nigerians, citing insecurity, growing unemployment amongst other issues.

“There is a need for us as young people who are interested in the future of this country to raise our voices so we can be heard.

“Nigeria is currently in a state of emergency, our country has been reduced to a state of surrender; we cannot continue like this.

“Today, we are concerned as young people that a lot of our youths graduate from tertiary institutions and are unemployed because there is no job for them, this has increased the rate of crime in the country.

“Our demand today is for a conscious political revolution, a need for change in leadership,” he stressed.

Mr. Olajegbensi also called for a revamp in various sectors of the economy.

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The #RevolutionNow demonstration did not hold in Abuja alone, there were protest marches in Ogun, Ondo and Osun states.

There have been several reports of persons arrested in the various states where the demonstration took place.

Channels Television gathered that about five protesters were arrested in Abeokuta within the early hours of the day, while seven people were arrested in Osogbo, however, it remains unclear how many persons were apprehended in other states.

Below are some photos from the scene of the protest in Abuja.

The arrest and manhandling of individuals who were part of the recent #RevolutionNow protest have stirred outrage all over social media.

Many persons who reacted to news of the various arrests, termed the actions of security agents, an infringement on the rights of citizens.

The arrest of protesters a violation of fundamental rights – ASCAB

The Alliance for Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAB) says the arrest of #RevolutionNow protesters is a violation of the fundamental human rights as ethrenched in the Nigerian constitution.

The coalition led by Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, in a communique on Wednesday, said scores of protesters took to the streets in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, and Osogbo in the morning hours on Wednesday, defying heavy security presence in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja where soldiers joined the police to arrest the first set of protesters.

ASCAB said the protests were legitimate and sum up an outburst of pent up anger against the increasingly intolerant Nigerian state.

The group said the poor economic conditions of Nigerians is pushing many people to the cliff edge of frustration, pangs, and pains.

“The arrests violate the constitution of Nigeria since every citizen has the right to peaceful assembly. The protesters did not break any known law. What they did was to express their democratic rights as aggrieved citizens” ASCAB National Chairman, Mr Femi Falana, (SAN) a foremost human rights lawyer said.

He praised the protesters for conducting themselves in peaceful manners without resorting to violence.

“We saw young men and women coming out to protest against injustice. This is in line with democratic tradition anywhere in the world. The arrests and violent attacks on the protesters represent a grievous violation of the constitution that the security operatives should uphold and defend” Falana said.

He called for the immediate and unconditional release of the protesters saying any attempt to continue to detain them has legal implications for the Federal Government.

Mr. Falana noted that there is no wrongdoing in having harmless youths protest and demand for an end to corruption and bad governance.

The human rights activist also said that it is within the rights of the protesters to seek the release of Sahara Publisher, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, as well as ask for the provision of palliatives for millions of extremely poor Nigerians, improvement in Nigeria-s poor health system and increase in wages for workers who are currently battered by the impact of the backlog of arrears and salaries owed by many state governments and the private sector.

DSS Arrests Seven #RevolutionNow Protesters In Osogbo

 

The Department of State Services(DSS) has arrested seven #RevolutionNow protesters at Olaiya Area in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

The members of the movement led by one Olawale Bakare on Wednesday converged at the popular Olaiya junction in Osogbo, chanting songs and displaying placards.

The protesters were about to address journalists on the reason for their protests when armed men of DSS stormed the venue and arrested seven of them.

This comes after security officials were said to have pursed both protesters and journalists from the scene of the protest in Abuja.

The leader of the protest Mr. Pelumi Olajegbensi, called for a change in government, insisting there is a need for political revolution.

He accused the Federal Government of failing to protect Nigerians, citing insecurity, growing unemployment amongst other issues.

“There is a need for us as young people who are interested in the future of this country to raise our voices so we can be heard.

“Nigeria is currently in a state of emergency, our country has been reduced to a state of surrender; we cannot continue like this.

“Today, we are concerned as young people that a lot of our youths graduate from tertiary institutions and are unemployed because there is no job for them, this has increased the rate of crime in the country.

“Our demand today is for a conscious political revolution, a need for change in leadership”, he stressed.

See Photos Of Abuja Protest Below:

DSS Warns Against Plans To Destabilise The Country

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has uncovered plans by some persons and groups to take advantage of the latest developments in parts of the country to destabilise it.

In a statement signed on Monday, the DSS Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, Ph.D, said some prominent personalities and socio-cultural groups have resorted to divisive acts through inciting statements aimed at pitting individuals, groups and ethnic nationalities against another.

While the Service did not disclose any names, it said it is, without doubt, aware of such plans and their sponsors.

The DSS, therefore, warned that it will no longer tolerate the orchestrations by subversive and unscrupulous elements to cause a breakdown of law and order in the country.

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It also noted that it is working assiduously with relevant authorities and sister security and law enforcement agencies to ensure that the sinister objective is not achieved.

The Service reiterated its commitment to the internal security of Nigeria, saying that it will, within the confines of the law, decisively deal with planners of the mayhem.

“Law abiding citizens are urged to go about their normal businesses and disregard the antics of agents of destabilization. They should, however, avail the Service and related agencies with useful information about the activities of criminals and groups intent on instigating violence in the country,” the statement read.