DSS Arrest Suspected Land-Grabber In Ogun

Two DSS operatives have a conversation during an operation.

 

The Department of State Service (DSS) has arrested a notorious land grabber, Adeogun Elijah for allegedly terrorising residents of Iju-Ota in Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Elijah, popularly called Killer, was arrested on Monday in his home in Araromi Estate, Iyesi-Ota by the DSS tactical team.

The 40-year-old suspect was reported to be on the wanted list of the police for the alleged murder of Monday Eredua and Moruf Babalola respectively.

The suspect had previously evaded arrests by other sister security agencies.

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According to a source within the Ogun state command of the DSS, the suspect had seriously terrorised residents of Ipetu Baba-Ode via Iju-Ota, Ado Odo/Ota LGA.

The source informed Channels Television that the land grabber and his gang members had attacked killed and destroyed property with the intention to forcefully take over the community land.

He explained that the command received a petition dated 10th May 2022, by the Adelupo Family of Ipetu Baba Ode Community against the suspect for the alleged murder of Ereduwa and Babalola, who were respectively shot dead.

The source added that Elijah, who operates as an estate agent in Ota, was also reported to have severed the hands and heads of his victims and dumped their remains in the swamp, to prevent the bodies from being discovered.

“Following the receipt of the petition from the Adelupo Family of Ipetu Baba Ode Community, on May 10, over threat to life and murder of one Monday Ereduwa on 17th November 2021 and Moruf Babalola, on the 26th May 2021, the tactical team of the command conducted a special operation which led to the arrest of Elijah, otherwise known as ‘Killer’ and one other, Oyelekan Okunade,” said the source.

“The suspect had earlier been declared wanted by the police and even evaded various attempts to arrest him by sister security agencies. The suspect had also terrorised the community, harassed and attacked the residents with the view to forcefully taking over the community land.”

“It was also reported that the suspect was in the habit of harvesting the hands and heads of his victims, and later dumped the remains in the swamp to prevent the bodies from being discovered. The suspect, will, however, be handed over to the police for further investigation.”

DSS Alerts Nigerians Of Bomb Attacks On Worship, Relaxation Centres

A file photo of DSS officials on an official assignment in Abuja.

 

Some criminal elements plan to return the country to the pre-2015 era reminiscent of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks on soft and hard targets in parts of the country, the Department of State Services (DSS) has said.

The Public Relations Officer of the security agency, Dr Peter Afunanya, raised the alarm in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

He stated that while the DSS has received reports on cases of such incidents in some areas, it has uncovered a plot by suspected criminal gangs to forge an alliance.

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Their objective, Afunanya explained, was to launch further attacks on critical infrastructure and other public places frequently visited, such as worship and relaxation centres, especially during and after the holidays and festive celebrations.

He added that the groups intend to achieve some self-serving interests and cause fear among the people, and warned managers and owners of such centres to be cautious and implement basic security measures to deter the threats.

The DSS said it would continue to disrupt the trend and pattern of violent attacks and asked the people to go about their lawful businesses

 

Read the full statement below:

PUBLIC ALERT ON RENEWED BOMB EXPLOSIONS

The Department of State Services (DSS) hereby draws public attention to plans by criminal elements to return the country to the pre-2015 era reminiscent of IED attacks on soft and hard targets in parts of the country.

Though there are already reported cases of such incidents in some areas, the Service has uncovered a ploy by suspected criminal gangs to forge an alliance among themselves with a view to launching further attacks on critical infrastructure and other frequented public places like worship and relaxation centres, especially during and after the holidays and festive celebrations.

The objective is to achieve some self-serving interests as well as cause fear among the citizenry. The Service, however, recalls its earlier warning that some groups and individuals were plotting to stoke violence in the country.

Following these, patrons, owners, and managers of the aforementioned public places are advised to be wary of this development and implement basic security measures to deter the threats.

While the Service is committed to the disruption of this trend and pattern of violent attacks, it will continue to partner with other security agencies to ensure that necessary drills are emplaced in order that public peace and order are not jeopardised.

To this end, residents are enjoined to go about their lawful businesses and share, with security and law enforcement agencies, useful information on the activities of criminals.

Meanwhile, the DGSS, Alhaji Yusuf Magaji Bichi, fwc, wishes all and sundry a hitch-free Workers’ Day and Sallah celebrations.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D, fsi

Public Relations Officer

Department of State Services

National Headquarters

Abuja.

26th April 2022

DSS Arrest Eight Suspected Hackers, Fraudsters In Katsina

Some of the suspects arrested by the DSS

 

Operatives of the Katsina State Command of the Department of State Services (DSS) have arrested eight suspected hackers and fraudsters in the state.

The suspects were arrested with aim of getting rid of the activities of criminal elements operating in all parts of the state with several operations carried out by the command.

While parading the suspects before the Katsina DSS command headquarters, Katsina on Thursday, the Command’s Assistant Director in charge of operations and intelligence, Suleiman Bello, said three suspected hackers and fraudsters were tracked and arrested at Unguwar Sanusi area and Kwanar Farakwai of Kaduna North and lgabi local government areas of Kaduna State respectively.

He identified the suspects as; Imrana Yusuf (30years), Abba Rabi’u (25 years), and Ahmad Musa (23 years) who he explained have specialized in hacking into GSM numbers of top government officials and politically exposed persons in the state and outside to steal airtime worth thousands of naira.

The suspects, he further explained, have confessed to the crime, adding that three (3) mobile phones, which were used in the village in perpetrating the crime, were recovered from them.

In a related development, the Command has burst a suspected criminal syndicate that specializes in defrauding and swindling innocent job seekers by providing them with fake appointment letters of Katsina State Teachers Service Board (TSB) and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in exchange for a huge amount of money ranging from two hundred thousand naira (N200, 000) to five hundred thousand naira (N500,000) per head.

The suspects, five in their numbers, have defrauded unsuspecting job seekers
money amounting to over thirty million (N30m).

The suspects include; Riluwanu Bala TANWA (40 years), Muhammad Murtala Yahaya (46 years, Abdurrahman Salisu (42 years), and Nura Musa (35 years) with the name of the number five member of the syndicate was not made available.

Some of the items recovered from the syndicate on display include; one (1) set of HP desktop computers, one (1) HP laptop computer, one (1) Acer Laptop computer, copies of fake appointment letters, POS transaction receipts, and Zenith Bank statement of account.

Other items recovered in their possession are four (4) mobile phones as well as two (2) flash drives.

According to the Command, all the suspects would be charged to court
after the completion of the investigation.

Bamise’s Murder: Lagos Govt To Arraign BRT Driver Andrew Nice Today

The BRT Driver, Andrew Nice Omininikoron

 

The Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) driver, Andrew Nice Omininikoron, accused of murdering 22-year-old fashion designer, Oluwabamise Ayanwola, will be arraigned today (on Tuesday) before a Lagos High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) area of the state.

Channels Television gathered that the suspect would be arraigned before Justice Sherifat Sonaike on a four-count charge of conspiracy, murder, and two counts of rape.

The arraignment follows legal advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution, Dr Jide Martins, recommending the prosecution of the BRT driver.

Bamise went missing after boarding the BRT bus on Saturday, February 26. She was said to have boarded the bus which was going to Oshodi at about 7pm at Chevron Bus-stop.

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A photo collage of the victim Bamise and the BRT Bus

 

Until her death, she worked as a fashion designer at Chevron Estate in Ajah, Lagos, but spent the weekends at Ota, Ogun State, with her sister. Sadly, her body was found dumped by the roadside on Carter Bridge, Lagos Island.

The police, who confirmed the incident, said an unidentified man reportedly informed officials of the Ebute Ero Police Station about the incident.

The corpse was later taken to the Mainland Hospital Mortuary.

Andrew Nice Omininikoron, 47, was later arrested at his hiding place at Ososa, Ogun State by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

DSS Warns Of Plot To Stoke Violence In North-Central, Organise Mass Protest

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

 

The Department of State Services on Saturday said it was aware of a plot to incite violence in parts of the country, especially the North-Central.

According to a statement signed by DSS spokesperson Peter Afunanya, the aim is to cause ethno-religious crisis and destabilise the country.

The Service also said there were plans to use students and labour unions to organise a massive protest like #EndSARS.

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It advised citizens to engage the government only based one existing rules.

“Those who may wish to go contrary to the law will, however, face the consequences,” the DSS said.

See the full statement from the DSS below:

DSS UNCOVERS PLOT FOR VIOLENCE IN THE NORTH CENTRAL ZONE

The Department of State Services (DSS) hereby alerts the public of a sinister plan by some elements to stoke violence in parts of the country particularly the North Central. The aim is to cause ethno-religious crisis, ignite reprisals and heat up the polity. In a bid to achieve this, the sponsors have mobilised foot soldiers and held several meetings in and outside the target areas.

The Service is also aware of a plot to use students, striking University teachers, labour unions, disgruntled individuals and strategic groups as well as exploit the global energy situation to carry out a mass protest like the ENDSARS. This is despite ongoing efforts by Government to address the issues.

While the Service views the machination as unpatriotic, it is on the trail of the agents of destabilisation who are desirous of using violence to achieve ulterior goals. Though it has emplaced measures to disrupt these tendencies, it warns the ring leaders and their cohorts to desist from acts capable of causing a breakdown of law and order. The public should be rest assured that the Service will, in conjunction with other security agencies, go after the sponsors of this scheme and ensure the law takes it course.

Citizens are advised not only to engage according to rules but should resist persuasions to be used to destroy their own country. Those who may wish to go contrary to the law will, however, face the consequences.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D, fsi
Public Relations Officer
Department of State Services
National Headquarters
Abuja.
19th March, 2022

Umoren’s Murder: Prime Suspect Claims He Was Tortured To Sign Confessional Statement

A photo combination showing the late Umoren and Akpan.

 

Uduak Akpan, the first accused person in the murder of Iniubong Umoren, a graduate of Philosophy from the University of Uyo, has told an Akwa Ibom State High Court presided over by Justice Bassey Nkanang that he was tortured to sign a statement given to him at the Department of State Services (DSS).

At the resumed hearing on trial in Uyo, the state capital, the suspected murderer said he signed the statement to avoid more slaps and beatings from DSS officers.

The trial judge, Justice Bassey Nkanang, had adjourned the case, for a mini-trial to be conducted, in order to determine the voluntariness of that statement.

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Counsel to Uduak Akpan, Barr. Sampson Adula, had, last week, objected to its admissibility on grounds that it was not made voluntarily.

Speaking while being cross-examined during the mini-trial, Uduak Akpan, who is facing a two-count charge of rape and murder admitted that he was the person speaking in the video CD played in the court but stated that the DSS officers gave him the answers and the questions to rehearse before the video recording.

He said, “They said I should practice those questions and answers and they also said when they start recording that I should give them the answers according to what I practiced”.

The first accused had also disowned the statements that two police officers, the IPO and ASP, had testified that he made to them in the course of their investigation in the matter.

However, when cross-examined in the trial-within-trial, the DSS investigator, Ama Okeke (PW10) told the court that the allegation that the first accused made the statement the prosecuting counsel sought to tender in evidence involuntarily was not correct.

The prosecution witness testified that the DSS has a standard interrogation room with electronic gadgets, cameras, recorder, pen, tables, chairs, etc, where a suspect could relax to write or make his or her statement voluntarily.

“And when the first accused person was in this room, he was asked if he knows why he was in the DSS? My Lord, he had voluntarily told my team that it is because he killed Iniubong Ephraim Umoren”, Okeke also testified.

The witness further testified that it was not also correct that the video recording of the first accused which was played in the court was as a result of questions and answers as alleged by the first accused person, noting that his team only asked Uduak Akpan to narrate what happened that led to the death of Iniubong Umoren.

The court admitted the video Compact Disc (Video CD) that was played in court in evidence, marked as exhibit two in trial-within-trial.

Justice Bassey Nkanang adjourned the case till February 24, for ruling on the trial-within trial and also for the conclusion of the evidence of PW10.

Why Nnamdi Kanu Is Not Allowed To Change His Clothes – DSS

Nnamdi Kanu (in Fendi clothes) with some of his lawyers and his brother on Wednesday at the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday, February 16, 2022.

 

The trial of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu resumed on Wednesday at the Federal High Court in Abuja with him wearing his regular Fendi outfit.

This is contrary to the order made by Justice Binta Nyako in December 2021 that he be allowed to change his outfit before his next appearance in court.

Mike Ozekhome, the lawyer to Mr Kanu, also complained to the court that the DSS have refused to allow Kanu a change of clothes contrary to a definite order of the court that he must be allowed to wear a new outfit.

Responding to Ozekhome’s complaint, the judge asked the Director of Legal Services of the DSS to provide explanations to the issue.

“My Lord, clothes that were brought for the defendant had lion’s head embroiled on them, and the defendant (Mr Kanu) can’t wear clothes with a lion’s head,” he said.

The secret service’s lawyer explained that “clothes with lion’s head offend the standard operating procedures” of the SSS.

The judge then asked the type of cloth Kanu prefers to wear.

In response, Kanu said, “I want to wear the clothes of my people, “Isi Agu.”

The court, however, refused his request but asked the DSS to provide Kanu with his eyes glasses which his lawyers said was taken away from him.

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Meanwhile, the Prosecution Counsel, Shuaibu Labaran, informed the court that the defence counsel had filed and served him with two applications, which he had responded accordingly.

He added that the first application is seeking an order quashing the 15-count amended charge levelled against Kanu and the other one seeking his bail.

Counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, Mike Ozekhome complained to the court that the DSS have refused to allow Kanu a change clothes. He added that, thrice, Kanu’s younger brother has been refused access to DSS facility where Kanu was detained.

The lead counsel also lamented that since Kanu was arrested and detained, his eye glass was seized by the DSS and has not been returned to him. He asks that his Glasses, be returned to him so he doesn’t go blind.

Justice Nyako said the complaint has been noted and directed Ozekhome to proceed with the business of the day.

At this juncture, Ozekhome said he has an application that basically seeks the quashing, striking out, and dismissing of the 15-count amended charge against Kanu for being incompetent and denying the court of jurisdiction to entertain the 15-count amended charge.

The application, with 34 grounds, and supported by 36-paragraph affidavit, Ozekhome said, also seeks for an order acquitting and discharging Kanu for want of jurisdiction and defective, baseless and incompetent charges.

The matter was then adjourned to April 8 to rule on Kanu’s applications to quash the charge.

Mr Kanu is accused of various offences, including treasonable felony and terrorism, offences he allegedly committed in the course of his separatist campaigns.

DSS Frees Journalist Arogundade After Arrest In Lagos

Lanre Arogundade. Credit: IPI.

 

The Department of State Security Service (DSS) has released the Executive Director of the International Press Institute, Lanre Arogundade.

Arogundade’s release was confirmed by the institute in a tweet on its verified handle on Thursday evening.

“Mr. Arogundade @lanreipc has been released, and his Passport has been returned to him. Thank you all.”

Multiple reports suggested that he was arrested by the security operatives upon arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport earlier in the day. Arogundade had travelled to The Gambia for a training programme on Conflict Reporting for Journalists, organised by the UNESCO (Gambia), and International Press Institute. At the moment, no reason was given for his arrest.

Nnamdi Kanu Not Maltreated, Enjoys Full Luxury In Custody – DSS

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has faulted the allegations that it has denied the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, of his fundamental human rights.

DSS spokesman, Dr Peter Afunanya, told reporters at a briefing on Tuesday in Abuja that the service did not in any way maltreat Kanu who is in its custody.

While stated that while they would not have responded to the claims, the allegations of maltreatment negate the DSS’ Standard Operation Procedure on the implementation of rights of a suspect.

Kanu, according to Afunanya, enjoys full luxury in the holding facility incomparable to any of its type anywhere in the country.

He added that the IPOB leader has always been accorded full rights and privileges, stressing that he was never denied his right of worship or freedom from his select religious practice.

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The DSS spokesman stated that adequate attention was paid to Kanu’s health with unhindered access to the best medical care and doctors, saying the suspect also confirmed to his visitors that the service has never maltreated him.

According to him, Kanu confirmed its position to Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe; Bishop Sunday Onuoha of the Methodist Church, Nigeria, as well as the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ambassador Okechukwu Emuchay, who visited him on Wednesday last week.

Afunanya also described the claim of Kanu being starved as untrue, saying he has always been served with the meals of his choice and regularly allowed change of clothing.

He was reacting to the suit instituted by Kanu against the DSS and the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, over the alleged denial of his fundamental human rights.

Read the full text of the briefing by the DSS spokesman below:

PRESS BRIEFING BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE SERVICES (DSS) HELD AT ITS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA, ON TUESDAY, 14TH DECEMBER, 2021

Gentlemen of the Press

I bring you warm compliments of the Director-General, State Services (DGSS), Alhaji Yusuf Magaji BICHI, fwc.

The importance of this Press briefing is to partner with you to inform the public to be mindful of groups and individuals desirous of causing a breakdown of law and order in the country. This is more so that the Service has observed that some persons who are desperately seeking power use wrong and skewed narratives to not only mislead citizens but overheat the polity. Already, they are exploiting and politicising the issue of insecurity in parts of the country for pecuniary and other selfish reasons. Many simply want to use the situation to cause divisions among citizens, seek cheap popularity and/or present the country as ungovernable.

The service, therefore, warns that those who are involved in these should desist from such destabilising acts. It also enjoins politicians to play by the rule and avoid statements or activities capable of inflaming the fires of division and violence prior to the 2023 elections. Opinion molders like the clergy, religious and traditional rulers are also to guard their utterances and avoid inciting pronouncements.

In a related development, it is common knowledge that criminal elements will heighten their inglorious activities before, during, and after the festive periods. Therefore, religious and community leaders, hoteliers, and operators of markets, parks, recreational and relaxation centres are to be alert and watch strange movements and activities around their facilities.  Such facilities include places of worship, palaces, markets, schools, and other public buildings. Owners and operators of these public spaces and their patrons should endeavour to isolate and report suspected rogues to security agencies for prompt response.

Consequently, the service’s interactive website and complaint lines will remain active and available to the public. Its formations at the state and local government levels will be open 24 hours a day. This is in line with the service’s commitment and support to the populace.

As schools vacate and students return home for holidays, there is likelihood that subversive gangs will target them for recruitment for undesirable intents. These may include but not limited to financial crimes, armed robbery, civil disobedience and violent protests, substance abuse, banditry and kidnapping. In this respect, parents and guardians are advised to be watchful of their children and wards and ensure that they do not engage in unlawful acts.

Aside from students, recessing members of National Assembly/State Houses of Assembly and other public/private sector workers on vacation may be predisposed to threats of various degrees. This also applies to Nigerians who may travel from within and outside the country to join their loved ones for the celebrations.

These individuals are susceptible to kidnapping, hijack, assassinations, armed robbery, and political manipulations. They are advised to be security conscious in order not to fall victim of these attacks and destructive political manoeuvres. Let me reiterate at this juncture that those who sponsor kidnapping, banditry, terrorism, insurgency, and all kinds of attacks on security agents, civilians and vulnerable populations should have a rethink. These persons, whether in the North or South, know themselves. There is no doubt that they have crossed the lines and it is now time to crush them.

On IPOB and the alleged ill-treatment of its detained leader, the Service has, without any fear of contradiction, applied restraint in making public statements over the matter. The reason is simply that it avoids joining issues especially over a matter that is sub-judice. But for the sake of transparency and democratic accountability, the Service has decided to make some clarifications.

It (the service) denies all the inciting allegations by IPOB and states that:

Nnamdi Kanu is not, in any way, maltreated in custody. Accusations of maltreatment negate the Service’s Standard Operation Procedure on the implementation of rights of a suspect;

Nnamdi Kanu enjoys full luxury in the holding facility incomparable to any of its type anywhere in the country. He is accorded full rights and privileges. He is never denied his right of worship or freedom from his select religious practice.

Adequate attention is paid to Kanu’s health. He has unhindered access to the best medical care and doctors. Kanu, himself, has confirmed to his visitors that the service has never, in any way, maltreated him. He even confirmed this to the quartet of Senators Ike Ekweremadu and Enyinnaya Abaribe; Bishop Sunday Onuoha of the Methodist Church, Nigeria and Co-Chair, Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace and Ambassador Okechukwu Emuchay, MFR, Secretary-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, who saw him on Wednesday, 8th December 2021.

The story of Kanu being starved is fallacious. He could not have been starved as he enjoys meals of his choice. That he is not allowed change of clothing is also false. He is regularly allowed change of clothing as against what is presented to the public by IPOB propagandists.  Assuming he is being maltreated, how come his visitors told him he was looking well? All the allegations of violation of his rights as a suspect, victimisation, and starvation among others are not true.

It is unfortunate that some elements have decided to use outright misinformation to represent the state of affairs. Those who make these false stories do so to attract undue attention for the singular purpose of achieving the desired end.  Rather than focus on how he should get justice, Kanu’s legal team and some mischievous elements among them have chosen to use fake news to mislead the public.  While the Court in its wisdom ordered that Kanu be remanded in the safer DSS Custody, some of his legal representatives, for reasons best known to them, preferred Kuje Prison and have failed to explain the rationale for such choice.

It may interest the public to note that a particular lawyer among Kanu’s Team is feasting on the matter such that one can conclude that his interest is beyond getting justice for his client. Be that as it may, the Court has the final say on the matter.

Instructively, the media is reminded of its duty in national security. As influencers, media practitioners are called upon to use their platforms to pursue peaceful coexistence. They must commit themselves to the unity of the country and shun misinformation, fake news, hate speech, and such other misleading narratives. Journalists, while discharging their constitutional roles, are enjoined to be objective, conflict-sensitive, and patriotic in their reportage.

Overall, citizens and residents are advised to cooperate with security and law enforcement agencies for lasting peace in the country. They should be wary of efforts designed from within and outside the shores of the country to misdirect or use them to undermine public order.  Therefore, they should exercise caution in the way and manner they may conduct their affairs during the festivities and beyond. On its part, the service will continue to collaborate with other sister agencies and relevant stakeholders to ensure that all law-abiding citizens and residents pursue their legitimate businesses without hindrances.

While it has become expedient to issue these warnings and advisories, the service maintains that it will not hesitate to deal, in accordance with the law, with those who may wish to test its resolve in ensuring internal security and national stability before, during, and after the yuletide. For those that wish to, they must note that nemesis and the long hands of the law will definitely catch up with them. For emphasis, no one, no matter how highly placed, will be allowed to take laws into his or her hands.

Finally, the DG, Management, and Staff of the DSS appreciate everyone who has supported the service in its effort to ensure peace and security in the country. Let us remember that security is the responsibility of everyone. Let us support security agencies to achieve the desired peace for our country. We wish every one of you and indeed all Nigerians a hitch-free yuletide season. As we look forward to a new year, we wish you a prosperous 2022.

Thank you.

PN Afunanya, Ph.D, fsi

Public Relations Officer

Department of State Services

National Headquarters, Abuja

14th December 2021

Nnamdi Kanu Sues AGF, DSS Over Alleged Denial Of Fundamental Rights

A file photo of Nnamdi Kanu.

 

The self-acclaimed leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has instituted a fresh suit against the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the Department of the State Services (DSS) over alleged denial of his fundamental human rights.

In the fresh suit filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Kanu is seeking an order to compel the DSS to allow him access to food, medical care, and cloth of his choice.

The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS1585/2021 was filed on his behalf by a legal practitioner, Maxwell Okpara.

In the suit dated December 13, 2021, Kanu also sought a court order against DSS to allow him to arrange food for himself at his own expense.

He claimed that even though he is facing a criminal trial, the law still presumes him innocent until the contrary is proven.

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The detainee complained bitterly of alleged solitary confinement at DSS custody and prayed the court to order his relocation to the Kuje Correctional Center in Abuja.

In a 10-paragraph affidavit in support of the suit and deposed to by one Emmanuel Kanu, the detainee alleged that despite a repeated court order, he is still being prevented from enjoying quality medical care.

He claimed that the medical personnel attending to him are quack and incompetent to manage his health challenges.

Kanu also averred that the action of the defendants on his solitary confinement was inhuman, degrading, and constituted a breach of Section 34 of the 1999 Constitution.

He, therefore, urged the court to declare that the respondents while carrying out their duties were to comply with express provisions of Chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution.

The detainee also asked the court to declare that he was entitled to the enjoyment of his right to dignity of the human person, as enshrined under Section 34 of the 1999 Constitution.

Among others, Kanu urged the court to order the respondents to immediately allow him to appoint legal practitioners and medical personnel of his choice from any government hospital to review his health file.

In an affidavit of urgency filed along with the suit, Kanu urged the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho, to assign the case for hearing during the yearly vacation of the court.

No date has, however, been fixed for hearing of the suit.

Court Orders DSS To Allow Nnamdi Kanu Maximum Comfort, Practice His Faith In Detention

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to allow the leader of the proscribed IPOB group, Nnamdi Kanu to have maximum possible comfort while in their custody.

The trial judge Justice Binta Nyako who gave the order on Thursday also ordered the DSS to allow Nnamdi Kanu to have a change of clothes, give him medical attention and allow him to practice his faith.

Justice Nyako said the matter for the day, was for abridgment of time.

The judge also brought further hearing of the case forward by a day (January 18, 2022), from the initial date of (January 19) for a hearing of pending applications which includes the jurisdiction of the court and competence of the charge.

The shift in the trial date follows the abridgment of time granted by the Judge after a plea to that effect.

READ ALSO: Nnamdi Kanu Absent In Court As Trial Continues

Kanu’s Counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor had approached the court with an application seeking an order of the court to accommodate the trial in November and December this year as against the earlier January 19.

Counsel to the Federal Government, Shuaib Labaran however told the court that a counter affidavit opposing the request by the Federal Government has been filed and served on Kanu.

Justice Nyako however informed Kanu’s lawyer that the application for time abridgment cannot be considered because there is no judicial time for such an issue.

Following the insistence, Justice Nyako agreed to shift other cases slated for January 18 to accommodate the trial which will last till January 19 and 20.

Kanu’s trial was heard on Thursday in his absence.

One of his lawyers, Alloy Ejimakor told journalists that part of the things that will be heard is the application for his bail among others. The lawyer also said it is not mandatory that Nnamdi Kanu be in court for the hearing.

Earlier, there were expectations that Nnamdi Kanu would be making an unscheduled appearance in court but eventually, he was absent.

Nnamdi Kanu is facing charges bordering on alleged terrorism and treasonable felony.

DSS Raises Alarm Over Terrorists’ Plot To Attack Military Bases

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

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has raised an alarm over plans by terrorists to attack military bases in border towns across the country.

The secret agency also put the Nigeria Customs Service on red alert to avert the pending attacks by the insurgents on Ogun border communities and other border towns across the country, noting that the warning is based on intelligence it gathered.

In a leaked memo dated November 25, 2021 and addressed to the Customs Area Controller, Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun Area Command, Abeokuta, the DSS advised customs and other security agencies in the country to put counter-measures in place to frustrate the plot by the insurgents.

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Channels Television obtained the memo on Sunday and noticed it was stamped received by the CAC’s office the same day.

The leaked document was titled, ‘Plans By Insurgents To Launch Attacks On Military Bases In Various Border Communities.’

“Available intelligence indicates plans by insurgents and criminal elements to carry out simultaneous attacks on military posts and bases in various border communities across the nation anytime from now,” the letter signed by the State Director of Security, Ogun State Command, M.B. Abdullahi, read.

“In view of the foregoing and the likelihood, such attacks not limited to the military personnel only, all law enforcement and security agencies with operational bases at border communities are advised to take note of the above threat and emplace countermeasures with emphasis on personal security of operatives to frustrate the planned attack, please.”