The Department of State Services (DSS) has dismissed a false allegation by an online publication authored by one Adio Oluwole Bashir over the service’s involvement in the 12th May 2022 murder at Lekki, Lagos State.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D., Public Relations Officer Department of State Services National Headquarters Abuja. 23rd May 2022 in a statement noted that Bashir who purported to be a former staff of the Service claimed to have led the team that arrested the suspected killers of David Imoh, a sound engineer allegedly murdered on 12th May 2022 at Lekki, Lagos State.

According to the statement, Bashir further alleged that the suspects who were of Hausa origin were exchanged with Christians.

Thus describing the claims as false and misleading and aimed at inciting religious crisis in the country, adding that the said Bashir is neither a serving nor retired staff on its roll, hence he’s nothing but a fake and impostor of the DSS, urging the public to disregard such inscription.

Findings have, however, revealed that his aim is to ignite an Ethno-religious conflict. His co-conspirators are elements of separatist groups who are desirous of achieving the same objective as well as pitting security agencies against one another.      

“Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Command has issued an unambiguous statement on the entire episode. The Command’s clarification should guide public understanding of what actually transpired. Dragging the DSS which never participated in the operation at Lekki into his skewed account exposes the lies and intentions of Adio Oluwole Bashir and his cohorts.

The DSS wishes to state that the write-up is completely false and frowns at the calculated effort to use its name for malicious purposes. It, therefore, requests the public to disregard the misleading narrative. The Service also warns those bent on throwing the country into violence to retrace their steps and give peace a chance. While it reaffirms its commitment to continue to work with sister agencies to ensure lasting peace in the country, it will also not hesitate to bring to book those determined to break the law.” 

 

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