The Department of State Services (DSS) has expressed disapproval of the altercation between its personnel and officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service. In a statement issued on Wednesday by the DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, it was clarified that the DSS did not violate any laws in handling the case involving Godwin Emefiele.
Afunanya emphasized that the DSS had previously alerted the public about attempts by certain elements to distort the narrative and discredit its leadership. The statement reaffirmed the commitment of the DSS to professionalism, ethical standards, and discipline in carrying out its duties, without seeking fame or indulging in delusional heroism.
The DSS acknowledged its primary mandate in ensuring national security and called on well-meaning Nigerians to support its efforts to achieve the nation’s security objectives.
Regarding the incident between the DSS staff and the Nigerian Correctional Service, Afunanya stated that the personnel from both agencies exhibited undue overzealousness. The DSS clarified that it does not condone such incidents and has launched a thorough investigation into the matter.
The investigation aims to identify the specific roles played by individuals involved and, if necessary, take disciplinary actions. The DSS also intends to learn from the incident to prevent such occurrences in the future.
The statement concluded by reiterating the DSS’s respect for the Judiciary as a vital institution in the nation-building, national development, and security management. It also highlighted the positive working relationships the DSS maintains with sister security and law enforcement agencies, including the Nigerian Correctional Service.
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