Nigerian Police Were Informed About Imo Jailbreak Thrice – Ex-DSS Official

 

A former Assistant Director at the Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree on Thursday said the police were warned thrice before gunmen attacked a correctional facility and police headquarters facility in Imo State.

Mr. Amachree made the comment during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

The attack, which took place on Monday, has been followed by another assault on a police facility in Imo State.

READ ALSO: Two Officers Injured, One Missing As Gunmen Attack Another Police Facility In Imo

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma has blamed the recent attacks on security facilities in the state on aggrieved politicians who aim to destabilise his government and that of President Muhammadu Buhari.

But Mr. Amachree suggested on Thursday that such attacks, especially the Monday event, could have been averted if the police were on their toes.

“There is enough actionable intelligence; actionable in the sense that it allows for space for people to execute it,” he said.

“One week ahead of this particular event and 72 hours before the event and 48 hours before the event – so three times – the Nigeria police was informed that this was going to happen.

“Some suspects that were being geolocated around the area were found surveilling the prisons and the police headquarters.

“But you know, in our lackadaisical way, when the intelligence would come, they throw it by the side, and then of course when something happens, everybody runs around.”

Mr. Amachree said the DSS could not have acted on its own intelligence because it is not “a fighting force.”

“The actionable party is actually the police,” he said. “Because when they say a particular installation or facility is under threat, then the actionable party would go ahead to correct it.

“The DSS is not a fighting force. They have a protective department that is basically responsible for the security of persons, VIPS. But when it comes to fighting, they always liaise with sister agencies, either the police or the military.”

He stressed that “some people are just lazy to do their jobs” and advised that other states should learn from Lagos State.

“Lagos, the same intelligence has been coming around and of course they have been proactive.

“If it is happening in the North-East, it could happen in Lagos. (But) Lagos itself has taken proactive steps, especially when it comes to securing correctional facilities in the state. And I think that’s what other states should follow now because they can’t sit back and wait until it happens to them.”

DSS Denies Torturing Buhari’s Driver To Death

We Have No Instruction To Work Against Electoral Process In Rivers – DSS
File photo of DSS operatives.

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied torturing or detaining President Muhammadu Buhari’s driver, Sai’du Afaka to death.

Afaka, the official driver of President Buhari, was said to have died after a prolonged illness.

DSS in a statement issued on Wednesday by its spokesman, Dr Peter Afunanya, dismissed a media report suggesting that the late driver was arrested.

The secret police said it did not engage in torturing of suspects and asked the public to “disregard the fake news spewed by the online platform.”

“While the said driver was never arrested or detained by the Service, it is a known fact that it does not torture suspects. Its suspect handling method is usually in compliance with the tenets of criminal justice administration system and democracy,” he said.

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PRESIDENT’S LATE OFFICIAL DRIVER NOT DETAINED OR TORTURED BY THE DSS

The Department of State Services (DSS) denies the misleading news by sahara reporters that it tortured Sa’idu Afaka, the  President’s official driver to death. While the said driver was never arrested or detained by the Service, it is a known fact that it does not torture suspects.  Its suspect handling method is usually in compliance with the tenets of the criminal justice administration system and democracy.

It may be recalled that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, had on 6th April 2021 announced the passing of Afaka after a prolonged illness as well as the condolences of the President to his family.  The public should, therefore, disregard the fake news spewed by the online platform.

Peter Afunanya,  PhD

Public Relations Officer

Dept of State Services

National Headquarters

Abuja

Insecurity: FG’s Silence Is Not Palatable, Says Former Assistant DSS Director

PHOTO USED TO ILLUSTRATE THE STORY: A file photo of a gun seized from crime suspects in Nigeria.

 

Former Assistant Director at the State Security Service (SSS), Dennis Amachree, has called on the Federal Government to address the current security challenges in different parts of the country.

Amachree in an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme said the country is currently in a ‘tight place’ as regards security and the presidency needs to speak up and address the situation.

He also reacted to the statement by Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom who on Wednesday accused the Federal Government of bias by keeping quiet concerning the herders-farmers crisis recently rocking some parts of the country.

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“I will agree with the governor because the security problems need to be addressed. The silence is not too palatable. It will be like two people are fighting and the umpire is being biased against one. I feel this has to be addressed.

“If you look at it holistically you will find out that we have two problems here. Firstly is the structure because everybody is talking about regions. So we have structure as a problem.

“The second one is the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. So we will have to address it. I will advise the government that they address the problem along that line,” Amachree said.

The security expert also advised that regions across the country be given autonomy for proper tracking down of crime and criminality.

“The people are agitating for regionalism, then give the region’s autonomy, that does not mean that we are breaking up Nigeria.

“If the regions have the autonomy then they all can handle their problems where they are. Right now, there are too many pointing of fingers whenever something happens and you can no longer continue to do that.”

Governor Ortom had earlier on Tuesday pointed accusing fingers at the Federal Government claiming the government has failed to secure the country by being bias in handling cases of attacks allegedly carried out by armed herdsmen.

“This country belongs to all of us and the Federal Government, the presidency must act fast because time is going. From North-West, North-East, North-Central, South-West, South-East, South-South there is general insecurity and this is being propelled by herdsmen,” Ortom said on Wednesday.

 

– Ishaku On Licenced Guns? –

In an effort to tackle insecurity in the country, Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku on Wednesday asked the Federal government to allow Nigerians carry licenced guns to defend themselves amid the myriads of security challenges facing the country.

Ishaku stated this on Tuesday when 15 local government chairmen of the state paid him a condolence visit after the burial of one of them who was kidnapped and subsequently killed by gunmen.

He lamented the worsening state of insecurity, adding that the situation has gone to its lowest ebb and demands reawakening.

Again, DSS Warns Against Alleged Plans To Cause Ethnic, Religious Violence

In this photo taken on December 6, 2019, two DSS operatives are having a conversation during an operation in Abuja.

 

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has again warned against alleged plans to cause ethnic and religious violence in the country.

DSS in a statement issued on Wednesday by its spokesman, Peter Afunanya, recalled that the service had on January 11, issued an alert of alleged plans by some elements working with external forces to incite religious violence across the country.

Afunanya said some persons, in collaboration with external forces, intended to incite religious violence in states such as Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Rivers, Oyo, and Lagos, as well as those in the South East.

“The Department of State Services (DSS) hereby reminds the public of its earlier warnings about plans by persons and groups to exploit some fault lines to cause ethno-religious violence in parts of the country,” the statement partly read.

READ ALSO: DSS Raises Alarm Over Plot To Incite Religious Violence, Attack Worship Centres

“Latest developments indicate desperate efforts by these groups to subvert public order.  In this regard, they have continued to resort to inciting, unguarded and divisive statements and acts. The objective is to pit citizens against one another in order to apparently inflame the embers of tribal and religious discords.”

The secret service warned “these elements to desist forthwith from their (planned) nefarious acts or face the full wraths of the law.”

The DSS spokesman gave an assurance that the Service would collaborate with other security agencies to ensure that public order was maintained in all parts of the country.

He also warned those hatching such evil plots to desist from them in the interest of peace, security, and development of the nation.

DSS Raises Alarm Over Plot To Incite Religious Violence, Attack Worship Centres

In this photo taken on December 6, 2019, two DSS operatives are having a conversation during an operation in Abuja.

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has raised an alarm about an alleged plot to incite religious violence across the country.

In a statement on Monday, the DSS Public Relations Officer, Dr Peter Afunanya, disclosed that the plot was being sponsored by some persons in collaboration with external forces.

Afunanya said they intend to incite religious violence in states such as Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Rivers, Oyo, and Lagos, as well as those in the South East.

“Part of the plans is to cause inter-religious conflicts, as well as use their foot soldiers to attack some worship centres, religious leaders, personalities, as well as key and vulnerable points.

“Consequently, Nigerians are advised to be wary of these antics and shun all divisive tendencies aimed at inciting or setting them against one another,” the statement said.

The DSS spokesman gave an assurance that the Service would collaborate with other security agencies to ensure that public order was maintained in all parts of the country.

He also warned those hatching such evil plots to desist from them in the interest of peace, security, and development of the nation.

“Law-abiding citizens (and residents) are encouraged to report suspected breaches of peace around them to the nearest security agencies,” he said.

DSS Not Currently Recruiting

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) says it is not currently carrying out any recruitment exercise.

According to a statement by the agency’s Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, Ph.D, the clarification became necessary to debunk various false messages by “fraudsters to scam unsuspecting job seekers or their sponsors”.

“The public should note that recruitment into the Service is never done on monetary basis,” Afunanya said, adding that “instead, it is guided by merit and transparency”.

Members of the public have, therefore, been warned to note that beneficiaries undergo series of screening and vetting processes and procedures through which only the best, produced by these, is taken.

“In the context of this, members of the public should be mindful of attempts by fraudulent persons and /groups to fleece them of their hard-earned money. They should rather report to the Service any suspicion in this regard.

“Those engaged in misleading acts of raising false recruitment alerts or defrauding others are warned to desist from such or be ready to face the music. So far, the Service is sustaining efforts on clamping down on the activities of fake job syndicates illegally using its name to deceive and scam the public,” the statement added.

Yuletide: DSS Uncovers Plot To Bomb Selected Public Places

We Have No Instruction To Work Against Electoral Process In Rivers – DSS
File photo of DSS operatives

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has uncovered a plot by some suspected criminals to bomb selected public places in the country during the yuletide period.

In a statement issued on Tuesday by DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, the secret service called on Nigerians to be extra vigilant, adding that they should report strange movements and suspicions to the relevant security agencies.

“The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public about plans by some criminal elements to carry out violent attacks on public places including key and vulnerable points during the yuletide seasons,” the statement partly said.

“The planned dastardly acts are to be executed through the use of explosives, suicide bombing and other dangerous weapons.”

The DSS spokesman explained that the aim of the criminals is to create a general sense of fear among the people and subsequently undermine the Federal Government.

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Afunanya also assured Nigerians that it is collaborating with other security agencies to adequately protect lives and properties.

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PRESS RELEASE

SECURITY ALERT

The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public about plans by some criminal elements to carry out violent attacks on public places including key and vulnerable points during the yuletide seasons.

The planned dastardly acts are to be executed through the use of explosives, suicide bombing and other dangerous weapons.

The objective is to create a general sense of fear among the people and subsequently undermine the Government.

Against this backdrop, citizens are called upon to be extra vigilant and report strange movements and indeed, all suspicions around them to security and law enforcement agencies.

On its part, the Service is collaborating with other sister agencies to ensure that adequate measures are put in place for the protection of lives and property.

To further achieve this purpose, the Service has provided these emergency response numbers 08132222105 and 09030002189 for urgent contacts.  It is also using this opportunity to unveil its interactive website www.dss.gov.ng for public communication support.

Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of these platforms and similar ones provided by related agencies to timely reach and avail them (security agencies) of required information.

However, the Service advises those planning to cause chaos and damage to public peace to desist from such as it will stop at nothing to apprehend and bring them to justice.

While assuring citizens and residents of their safety during and after the festive periods, the DGSS, Alhaji YM. Bichi fwc, with his Management and Staff, wishes all, Happy Celebrations and a Prosperous 2021.

 

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D

Public Relations Officer,

Department of State Services,

National Headquarters,

Abuja

22nd December, 2020

Gbajabiamila’s Security Aide In Detention – DSS

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested a security aide to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

In a statement issued on Friday by the spokesman of the secret service, Peter Afunanya, the said personnel was detained following the alleged shooting of a vendor, Ifeanyi Okereke in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“The Service hereby confirms that the suspect is one of its personnel deployed to the Speaker’s Convoy as a security detail,” the statement partly read.

“As part of its disciplinary procedures in the instance, he has been taken into detention. In addition, the Service has opened a detailed investigation into the matter.

“And as already stated by the Speaker that he has been suspended from his Convoy, the Service has further withdrawn him from the assignment.”

READ ALSO: Gbajabiamila Confirms Death Of Vendor Shot By His Security Aide, Suspends Officer

The DSS spokesman assured Nigerians that the service would “be transparent and accountable in handling this,” adding that “it is liaising with appropriate authorities to achieve this objective.”

He also sympathised with the family of the deceased and his loved ones, reiterating the DSS commitment to thoroughly investigate “the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident and will surely keep to this.”

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PRESS RELEASE

DSS INVESTIGATES ALLEGED SHOOTING BY SPEAKER’S SECURITY AIDE

The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to the allegation of shooting and killing of one Ifeanyi Okereke by a security aide of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

  1. The Service hereby confirms that the suspect is one of its personnel deployed to the Speaker’s Convoy as a security detail. And as already stated by the Speaker that he has been suspended from his Convoy, the Service has further withdrawn him from the assignment.
  2. As part of its disciplinary procedures in the instance, he has been taken into detention. In addition, the Service has opened a detailed investigation into the matter. While it pledges to be transparent and accountable in handling this, it is liaising with appropriate authorities to achieve this objective. The Service condoles with the family of the deceased and his loved ones. It has promised a thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident and will surely keep to this.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D

Public Relations Officer,

Department of State Services,

National Headquarters,

Abuja

20th November, 2020

Gbajabiamila Hands Over Officer Who Shot Newspaper Vendor To DSS

A file photo of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
A file photo of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila on Friday said he has handed over a member of his security detail who shot a newspaper vendor to the Department of State Security (DSS) for “investigation and appropriate administrative and judicial action”.

The official, Abdullahi M. Hassan, is a DSS official.

Mr. Gbajabiamila also said the officer has been suspended from his convoy.

Earlier on Friday, Mr. Gbajabiamila had announced the death of the newspaper vendor, Ifeanyi Okereke.

READ ALSO: Newspaper Vendors Protest Killing Of Colleague By Gbajabiamila’s Aide

Mr. Okereke was hit by a stray bullet meant to disperse a crowd when the lawmaker went to greet newspaper vendors while leaving the National Assembly, Mr. Gbajabiamila said.

“The unfortunate death of Mr. Ifeanyi Okereke at the hands of one of my security aides has left me deeply shaken,” he said in the statement revealing the name of the DSS official.

“Mr. Okereke was a citizen going about his business, trying to make a living for himself and his family. There is no reason for his life to have ended the way it did.

“This morning, I have handed over the security operative, Abdullahi M. Hassan, to the Department of State Security (DSS) for investigation and appropriate administrative and judicial action. In the interim, he has been suspended from the convoy.

“I expect, and I will see to it that the family of Mr. Ifeanyi Okereke receives the full measure of justice so that their bereavement is not compounded by any actions that can cause them further pain and suffering.

“I have expressed my personal condolence to his family and have arranged to meet with them when the parents of Mr. Okereke, who are already on their way, arrive in Abuja.

“Additionally, I have committed to them that I will support his wife and the immediate family he has left behind.

“I commiserate with the family of Mr. Ifeanyi Okereke and ask all Nigerians to join me at this time to pray for the peaceful repose of his soul.”

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.

READ ALSO: DSS Invites Ex-CBN Deputy Governor Mailafia Again

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.

RELATED: DSS Releases Mailafia After Six Hours Of Interrogation

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.