The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied the alleged abduction of citizens purportedly published by an online newspaper, Peoples Gazette, quoting Amnesty  International (AI) as stating that SSS abduct innocent Nigerians under the Buhari regime.

Denying the allegations in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer on 31st August 2022 Dr. Peter Afunanya, said the narrative is misleading, hence the DSS does not abduct Nigerians.

According to him, “As part of its enforcement activities, the DSS arrests when, where and if necessary. This is carried out in line with tenets of democratic ideals. At no time has the agency embarked on its actions without following laid down procedures in respect of obtaining warrants of arrest or orders for detention from competent legal authorities. The claim of abduction or use of enforced disappearances is an absolute lie and a make-up narrative designed to bring the Service to disrepute.”

While admonishing the service’s continuous discharge of its mandate towards intelligence collection, the PRO noted that the DSS is a law-abiding committed to the protection of citizens and sensitive government installations, thus urging the media to sanitize its fold and fish out quacks among the profession for best practice.

“Public attention should, however, be drawn to the deliberate and determined efforts of the publisher of Peoples Gazette, Samuel Ogundipe, to use his platform to undermine law and order.  He is known to have, on several occasions engaged in false and distorted publications to disinform the public.  He and his cohorts are hereby warned, for the umpteenth time, to desist from these deplorable acts against the peace and security of the nation. It is time for Ogundipe and the likes to choose reason over fatuity; and patriotism over disloyalty and treachery. Their continuous mischievous resolve to use fake news and hate speech to set the country on fire is condemnable.”

Dr. Peter, therefore calls on the media to reject the allure of enticement by external forces to use them to instigate violence or undermine the government and its institutions, as anyone found capable should be ready to face justice either now or in the future. The statement ended.

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