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.

Court Stops Police, DSS From Arresting Ex-NDDC MD Nunieh

A file photo of former acting NDDC MD, Dr Joi Nunieh. Twitter: @NDDCOnline.

 

The Rivers State High Court has stopped the arrest of Dr Joi Nunieh, the immediate past Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Justice Elsie Thompson gave the order on Friday in Port Harcourt following an application filed by the former NDDC boss against the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, and four others.

Others listed as respondents include the Commissioner of Police in Rivers, the State Security Service (SSS), the Inspector General of Police, and the Nigeria Police Force.

In the suit marked PHC/1128/2020, Nunieh’s counsel, Slyvester Adaka, had sought an ex-parte order of the court restraining the arrest of the applicant pending the determination of the suit.

After hearing the submissions of the applicant’s counsel and no appearance for the respondents, Justice Thompson ordered the respondents from IGP, police, and the DSS from “arresting, detaining and harassing” Nunieh.

He also stopped the minister and police commissioner in Rivers from using any of the third to fifth respondents to arrest, detain, harass, and intimidate“ the former NDDC boss pending the determination of the Notice on Motion.

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A file photo of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

 

The judge ordered that the DSS, IGP, and Nigerian police should without delay unconditionally withdraw security operatives from Nunieh’s home.

He, therefore, granted leave for the applicant to serve Senator Akpabio through the head office of the NDDC located along the Aba Road in Port Harcourt.

Justice Thompson also ordered that the IGP and Nigeria Police be served through the office DSS in the state capital.

He further adjourned the case until July 27 for hearing on the substantive matter.

Nunieh approached the court days after armed men besieged her home in Port Harcourt in an attempt to arrest her.

The attempted arrest was, however, thwarted by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, who arrived at the scene to move the former NDDC boss to the Government House.

Although the reason for the arrest has yet to be ascertained, it appeared to be a fallout of the controversy triggered by the corruption scandal in the NDDC.

Nunieh had also accused Akpabio of corruption and sexually harassing her among several other allegations, but the minister has denied them all.

In a statement on Friday, Akpabio questioned why the former NDDC boss waited until the government launched investigations into the activities of the agency before speaking up.

Magu’s Alleged Arrest Is A Power-Play – PACAC

EFCC Boss, Ibrahim Magu

 

A member of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Professor Femi Odekunle has reacted to the alleged arrest of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) boss, Mr Ibrahim Magu.

In a statement issued on Monday, Odekunle said the invitation by the Department of State Services (DSS), is a power play by blocs in the corridor of power.

According to the PACAC, Magu was only invited for questioning regarding some purported memo by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

He explained that the Presidential Advisory Committee perceives Malami as the arrowhead of the bloc that is not really interested in President Buhari’s anti-corruption fight.

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Odeyemi cited the failure of the National Assembly to confirm the appointment of the EFCC boss based on a purported security report by the secret service as one plots by the power bloc.

While citing the AGF’s demand of certain high profile case files from Magu which he is yet to supply, he alleged that Malami has been using his closeness to President Muhammadu Buhari for his personal/power bloc agenda  without demonstrating any genuine commitment to the anti-corruption fight.

Stressing further, the professor cited a few cases which includes the formal notice of abandonment in the corruption case involving former Minister of Niger Delta, Godwill Orubebe and a purported secret meeting with Abdulrasheed Maina in Dubai.

The group wants the President Buhari to put an end to the power-play.

We Did Not Arrest EFCC Boss, Magu – DSS

Ibrahim Magu, EFCC Chairman, Senate
A file photo of acting EFCC chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu.

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has said that it did not arrest Mr Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Service’s Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, said this in a statement on Monday.

He added that the DSS has since been inundated with inquiries over the reported arrest of Magu, stressing that the Service has no connection with the incident.

Afunanya issued the statement after reports emerged that the acting chairman of the anti-graft agency had been arrested by DSS officials in Abuja.

When contacted, Magu’s S.A. on Media, Tony Amokeodo, told Channels Television that his boss was not arrested but only invited to answer questions regarding some allegations against the agency.

Amokeodo explained that Magu was invited to appear before a Federal Government panel set up to investigate the allegations of corruption levelled against him.

According to him, the panel is sitting at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the anti-graft agency, Mr Dele Oyewale, has clarified the controversy surrounding Magu’s invitation in a statement.

Read the statement below:

MAGU HONOURS PANEL INVITATION

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, on Monday, July 6, 2020, honoured an invitation by a Presidential Panel reviewing the activities of the EFCC, at the Banquet Hall wing of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He was served the invitation to the Panel, while on his way to the Force Headquarters, Abuja for a meeting.

The EFCC’s boss was neither arrested nor forced to honour the invitation.  A member of a legal team from the EFCC is also with him on the Panel.

Dele Oyewale

Head, Media & Publicity

06/07/2020.

DSS Reportedly Arrests EFCC Boss, Ibrahim Magu

A file photo of acting EFCC Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu.

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has reportedly arrested the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu.

Magu’s S.A. on Media, Tony Amokeodo, told Channels Television on Monday that the EFCC boss was only invited to answer questions regarding the allegations against the agency.

According to him, Magu was invited to appear before a panel of the Federal Government set up to investigate the allegations of corruption levelled against him.

The EFCC boss’ media aide said the panel is sitting at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Reacting to the development, DSS Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, said the Service did not arrest Magu.

Afunanya, in a statement, said the DSS has since been inundated with inquiries over the reported arrest of Magu, adding that the Service has no connection with the incident.

DSS Parades Serial Impersonator And Suspected Fraudster In Taraba

 

The Department Of State Security (DSS) has paraded a 45-year-old man for parading himself as a personnel of the service and defrauding people.

The suspect who hails from Lafiya Lamurde Local government area of Adamawa State is said to have defrauded people in Gombe, Yola and Jalingo before being traced and arrested on June 27, 2020 at a hotel in Jalingo.

Parading the suspect before newsmen in Jalingo on Friday, the Assistant Director Enforcement, Tayo Balogun, identified him as Adamu Jonathan and noted that he was convicted in 2017 to serve a three-year jail term for committing the same offence, before being released but clearly he returned to the same old ways.

One of the recent victims of Jonathan is a 55-year-old divorcee and mother of four who he is said to have met in Gombe and had a virtual wedding ceremony laced with deceit.

“Jonathan who was hitherto a Christian, claimed to have converted to Islam and now bears Shuaibu Adamu in order to fulfill one of the conditions offered as prerequisite for marriage by the said affluent woman,” the DSS stated.

“He was discovered to have made away with several belongings of the purported wife, to an elusive matrimonial apartments in Jalingo. The said properties could not be traced to any location, suggesting that they might have been sold.

“The suspect deceitfully collected the woman’s Honda Odyssey vehicle with promise to buy her a brand new Toyota Vibe car when he receives his leave allowances and other packages from the service”.

But according to the DSS, he rather began to use it for commercial purposes, “traversing Bauchi and Gombe states, while deceiving the woman that he was at his new duty post in the Nasarawa command of the service and therefore was not released to visit her in Jalingo, owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and several operations he was purportedly saddled with”.

The anti-graft agency further noted that the suspect will be charged to court soon.

It, however, warned members of the public to be wary of characters like Jonathan who go about impersonating the service and defrauding people of their hard earned resources.

According to the service, the suspect confessed to committing the crime and also regretted his actions.

He also claimed not to have made any money from the act, contrary to the DSS’ claim that he had made over N400,000.

Court Orders Release Of Deposed Emir Sanusi From Detention

Emir Of Kano Decries North's Poor Educational System
Former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II (file photo)

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday granted an interim order releasing the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi from detention.

Justice Anwuli Chikere granted the order in line with the prayers on the exparte motion filed on behalf of the deposed Emir by Mr Lateef Fagbemi SAN.

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The judge also notes that the order for the release of the deposed monarch should be served on the respondents to the application.

The respondents to the application marked FHC/ABJ/CS/357/2020 are, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu; the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Yusuf Bichi; the Attorney-General of Kano State, Ibrahim Muktar, and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN).

The judge has therefore fixed March 26, 2020, for the hearing of the main suit challenging his detention.

The former Emir had earlier on Thursday approached the court seeking an interim order of the court directing his immediate release from detention.

He prayed the court to order his release from “the detention and or confinement of the respondents and to restore his rights to human dignity, personal liberty, freedom of association and movement in Nigeria, (apart from Kano State) pending the hearing and determination of the applicant’s originating summons.”

Court Dismisses Suit Filed By Boko Haram’s Ex-Spokesman

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the application filed by former spokesperson of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, Ali Sanda Koduga, for lacking in merit.

Konduga, who was convicted for terrorism crime and sentenced to three years imprisonment by a magistrate court in 2011, alleged that he was unlawfully detained by the Department of State Service (DSS), after serving his jail term.

He approached the court to enforce his fundamental human rights, demanding N500 million as compensation for the alleged breach of his fundamental human rights.

However, his appeal did not scale through as Justice Anwuli Chikere, dismissed his application.

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According to his counsel, Emmanuel Edu, the applicant was seeking his fundamental rights after what he described ‘illegal detention’.

“He was supposed to be released after three years because if you have served your sentence as stipulated by the court, you were supposed to be released, but he was further detained for another three years before he was released.

“So the applicant was seeking for his fundamental right; in an egalitarian society like Nigeria, all we need to do is for a wrongdoer to get justice; there is a proportionate amount of sentence that is required for any crime.

“So if that person has served that, he shouldn’t be subjected to any other sentence or illegal detention and that’s what we were trying to seek that justice should be done.

Edu said that the court declared that the applicant’s detention “cannot be declared unlawful and unconstitutional and his fundamental rights have not been infringed upon.”

DSS Dismisses Reports About Terrorists’ Movements And Attacks On Luxury Buses

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has dismissed reports circulating all over social media regarding a purported message by the Service aimed at alerting the public about the movement of terrorists into the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and other parts of the country.

In a statement by its spokesman, Dr Peter Afunanya, the DSS also refuted reports that luxury buses of three major transport companies were hijacked on the Lokoja-Okene Road by persons suspected to be championing an ethnic agenda.

The DSS said the alert purportedly issued by the Service on the arrival of Boko Haram and other terrorist elements to the aforementioned places has been in circulation since 2013 when it was first created by mischief makers whose handiwork is to cause chaos.

Dr Afunanya noted that the reports concerning alleged attack on the luxury buses conveying a particular ethnic group to their local base were first created some years back to deceive and incite unsuspecting persons.

The public was urged to disregard the fallacious narratives and reports in their entirety, as fake news that they are.

“DSS wishes to dismiss them as non-existent and therefore describe them as a figment of the imagination of their creators. The illusive stories are merely designed by some zealots to instigate ethnoreligious and political crises of violent and destructive dimensions across the country.

“It has, however, become obvious that the main aim of engaging in these undesirable actions is to also undermine national security for the achievement of some ulterior goals.

“The Service frowned at the continuous exploitation of social, religious and tribal differences by purveyors of doom to ignite extreme violent actions among the populace.

“While security and law enforcement agencies are totally committed to sustaining maximum efforts in ensuring public safety in the Nation, citizens are enjoined to disregard these deceitful reports that do not emanate from the Service and go about their normal businesses.

“Considering that security is a collective responsibility of all and sundry, everyone is advised to be more committed in this regard and report suspicious persons to relevant security agencies nearest to them,” the statement read in part.

Meanwhile, the Service said it will continue to collaborate with sister agencies to ensure adequate protection for the people, government and critical infrastructure.

The DSS further noted that it will also not fail to make defaulters face, within the ambit of the law, consequences of their illicit activities.

VIDEO: Edo Govt Asks Police, DSS To Arrest Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole                                                                                                            Philip Shuaibu

 

The political crisis in Edo State has taken a new twist as the government is calling for the arrest of the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.

This comes amid the continued disagreement between the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his predecessor, Oshiomhole.

On Monday, the state government said it has petitioned the Inspector General of Police and the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), demanding the arrest of the APC national chairman.

VIDEO: I Will Show You That I Am Edo State Governor, Obaseki Warns Oshiomhole

The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Mr Philip Shuaibu, disclosed this to reporters on the sidelines of the APC Governors Forum Steering Committee meeting in Abuja.

He alleged that the APC national chairman has constantly disobeyed orders of the state government by organising illegal rallies.

Shuaibu, however, admitted that Oshiomhole remained his political father in the state.

But he claimed that the actions of the party’s national chairman have continued to threaten the peace and security of the state.

The deputy governor stressed that the law was no respecter of persons.

Watch the video below:

DSS Arrests Man For Creating Video Depicting Marriage Between Buhari And Ministers

 

Department of State Services parades 32-year-old Kabiru Mohammed from Kano who allegedly created a fake video depicting the marriage of President Buhari to the Ministers of Finance and that of Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Spokesperson, Doctor Peter Afunaya warns against the spread of fake news as the service remains committed to the peace and stability of Nigeria.

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He adds that the service acted on a formal complaint by the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed.

UPDATED: Sambo Dasuki Released After Over Four Years In Detention

A file photo of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd.

 

 

Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has regained his freedom after spending more than four years in detention.

Dasuki was released by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday in Abuja, following the directive of the Federal Government.

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Abubakar Malami, had ordered the DSS to release the former NSA, as well as the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, Mr Omoyele Sowore.

In a statement personally signed by him, Malami explained that the decision to release the two men was in compliance with the bail granted to them by the court.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and lawyer to the former NSA, Ahmed Raji, confirmed the release of his client.

He thanked the AGF for ordering the DSS to comply with the various court orders granting bail to Dasuki.

Again, Nigerian Government Seeks Secret Trial For Dasuki, ex-NSA Objects
Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), speaks to his lawyers during an appearance in court in March 2016.

 

 

Dasuki was arrested in December 2015 over an allegation of diverting $2.1billion arms funds while serving as the National Security Adviser during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He was arraigned in court and was granted bail with certain conditions, but the Federal Government refused to release him in disobedience to the court order.

On July 14, 2019, the Court of Appeal in Abuja declared the continued detention of the former NSA since December 29, 2015, by the DSS as illegal, unlawful, and unconstitutional.

The appellate court held that the DSS and its Director-General acted outside their constitutional powers on the long period of the detention of a Nigerian citizen and imposed a fine of N5 million on them to be paid to Dasuki as compensation for breach of his fundamental right.

Four months later and in view of his continued detention, the Court of Appeal varied the terms attached to the bail earlier granted the former NSA.

It expunged the requirement that Dasuki should produce a Level 16 civil servant who must own a property worth N100million within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as surety.

Rather, the court ordered that the former NSA produce two sureties with property worth N100 million within the FCT.