The Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday, May 11, slammed reports that it was supplying arms to armed bandits and terrorists.
This was contained in a statement signed by the DSS Public Relations Officer of the agency, Dr. Peter Afunanya, who also denied that DSS operatives shared ransom proceeds with kidnappers.
Afunanya further threatened to seek legal recourse; following the allegations contained in the publication circulating on social media.
The DSS said the publication alleged that bandits and terrorists had been “receiving arms and ammunition; from operatives of the State Security Service and often split ransom payments received at gunpoint”
The agency said the report made allusion to the report by German broadcast outfit, Deutsche Welle; which did not in any way refer to the State Security Service as used.
“Your report, as you were made to understand, was unfounded: mischievous; and a calculated effort to bring the Service and its hardworking personnel to disrepute.
Though you made allusion to the report by German Radio, Deutsche Welle as your source; you agreed that said reportage did not in any way refer to the State Security Service as used in the fake post”, he said.
The statement said the service was doing so much; and did not deserve such a negative portrayal.
The DSS, therefore, demanded a retraction of the publication and apology; for deliberately casting it in a bad light and threatened to institute legal action.
“In view of the long-standing relationship with the media as strategic partners, it is believed that you will speedily comply with these demands otherwise the Service would resort to litigation”, it said.
Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has alerted the public of the existence of a fake LinkedIn account, supposedly belonging to Abdulrasheed Bawa, Executive Chairman, EFCC.
This was contained in a statement issued by its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren on Tuesday, May 11, who said the account which is promoted by an unknown impostor is, unfortunately, attracting unsuspecting followers desirous of networking with the Executive Chairman of the EFCC.
The Commission stated that the “account is fake and also has no relationship with the EFCC Chairman.
“Consequently, members of the public are warned to be circumspect; and desist from further interaction with the impostor whose motives are sinister,” it said.