DSS debunks media report alleging it of detaining INEC officials

Following the social media report alleging that the Department of State Services DSS, has arrested some ICT staff of INEC for disclosing the commission’s server Identity number to the PDP and its Presidential candidate in the just concluded elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the DSS has debunked the report.

The DSS has denied that it had arrested and detained seven members of staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission  INEC. Mr Peter Afunanya, Public Relations Officer of the service, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.

According to the report gathered by the Vanguard, Afunanya has said that the misleading report in the social media, has gone further to state that the staff of INEC were detained and tortured for three days by the DSS in order to find out, who among them actually gave out the information.

In his submission, Afunanya, has started thus, the report also said that the INEC officials were hurriedly released by the DSS, when their wives threatened to jointly go on public protest. “The service wishes to state that the information in its entirety is false and should be seen as a calculated effort to smear its image.

“It states categorically that none of such things happened as it never invited or arrested any INEC staff. There is no iota of truth in these allegations and the public is, therefore, enjoined to disregard them. They are simply manipulative, misleading, inciting and can only be considered as mischievous and unpatriotic,”he said.

The report has, however, stated clearly that, he (Afunanya), has recalled that, the DSS was recently honoured by an International Election observer group for its neutrality and professionalism during the general elections. He assured the public that the service would continue to conduct itself in the manner that had earned it an honour.

Afunanya warned mischief makers who were desirous of using fake news to cause break down of law and order to desist from such. “The service will not condone deliberate acts of subversion and sabotage aimed at harming the peace of the nation,” he said. Even as he warned that those bent on causing disaffection would be brought to justice.

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Joseph Athanasius

Joseph Athanasius is a Public Affairs Commentator and News Writer at InfoGuide Nigeria News.

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