DSS uncovers plot to stall Emefiele’s investigation
The Department of State Services (DSS) has recently revealed a disturbing plot aimed at infiltrating its ranks in an effort to exploit disloyal staff members for subversive purposes against the agency’s leadership.
The secret police spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, issued a statement on Saturday, expressing concern over certain “subversive elements” who plan to tarnish the DSS’s reputation following the arrest of Godwin Emefiele, the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Afunanya warned the groups involved to cease their actions, assuring that the security forces were closely monitoring their activities.
According to the secret police, a number of groups have been bankrolled to organize protests in various locations in Lagos and the nation’s capital, carrying placards that portray the service and government in a negative light.
“Additionally, they seek the immediate release of Emefiele, who is currently under investigation. This revelation has prompted the DSS to issue a warning to the plotters, stating that the security forces are closely monitoring their activities,” Afunanya disclosed.
The DSS spokesperson emphasized that any individuals involved in carrying out these plans would be swiftly arrested noting that the service had already provided Emefiele’s family, medical officials, and relevant individuals with access to him, in adherence to standard operating procedures.
The DSS expressed its determination to remain focused and remain undeterred from executing its crucial responsibilities with professionalism.
“The agency has taken note of the misinformation, speculative narratives, and videos circulated on social media by uninformed individuals, critics, and desperate parties,” the statement said.
The secret police reiterated that it adheres to standard operating procedures regarding suspect handling and investigation, ensuring transparency and professionalism in its operations.
“The agency reiterates its commitment to upholding the rule of law and complying with democratic governance principles,” Afunanya said.
To dispel any doubts, the DSS highlighted that it had granted Emefiele’s family, medical officials, and other authorized individuals access to him even before the court order stipulated it.
“This emphasizes the agency’s dedication to conducting investigations and handling suspects in a lawful and transparent manner,” the statement added.
While the DSS acknowledges the existence of distractions and attempts at intimidation, it asserts its unwavering commitment to executing its duties professionally and without succumbing to pressure.
The DSS underscores the significance of democratic governance and adherence to the rule of law in its operations.
It noted that as a vital component of Nigeria’s security apparatus, the agency operates within the framework of established legal guidelines and ensures that suspects are handled and investigated according to due process.
By respecting democratic principles and the rule of law, the DSS reinforces its commitment to maintaining law and order while protecting the rights and well-being of individuals involved in its investigations.
The DSS acknowledges that the plot to compromise its staff and discredit its leadership is an attempt to demoralize and distract the agency.
However, it emphasizes that these efforts will not deter its personnel from diligently fulfilling their responsibilities. The service remains resolute and steadfast in upholding its mandate to safeguard national security and protect the interests of the Nigerian people.
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