The Senate had mandated ad-hoc committee to investigate the face-off between the sister agencies in an attempt to arrest ex-NIA boss, Ayo Oke, and ex-DSS Director General, Ita Ekpeyong.
Briefing the media on Wednesday, the Public Relations Officer, Rivers State Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police Nnamdi Omoni, said the sting operation, which was carried out in line with the provisions of Sections 20 and 21 of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Act (2007), was aimed at checking illicit sale of the Naira notes.
The report, cited by The Eagle Online on Thursday, has it that Magu is staying in an apartment that was paid for by an indicted member of the presidential committee that probed arms purchase during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Commodore Mohammed Umar
Ogungbemi, a Lokoja-based journalist and publisher, was arrested and detained by the DSS on November 30 over alleged offensive publication in the November 23 to December 15, 2016 edition of the Policy and Lawmakers magazine
The activities of the Directorate of State Security Service of late have raised concerns in the Nigerian polity as to the propriety of the conduct of officials of the service and whether their actions are consistent with the law setting it up
He said: “We scampered for our lives when we saw them inside the market in the early hours of the day because no one knew their mission initially
As part of its commitment towards improving security across the country, the Department of State Services (DSS), has sustained tactical and counter-terrorism operations which have yielded major successes with the arrest of terrorists and other criminals across the country
Dimgba said it would be wrong for the court to grant an application of the DSS when it had no regard for orders of the court
The DSS Director said the suspects were arrested on the Lokoja-Abuja Road on their way from Kaduna with the intent to link up with their other accomplices in Obajana area, where they had planned to kidnap some people
“We read with utter shock, the statement signed by one Comrade Sulaimon, who accused Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; leadership of the Nigerian Judiciary Council, with its Panel led by Justice Ibrahim N. Auta and others of bribery and corruption in a well-planned plot to sack Justice Folahanmi Oloyede who was found guilty of bridging the ethics of her office,” the group said
This was said to have happened at the dinner the President hosted for members of the National Assembly at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja
At the resumed trial of Dasuki on charges of unlawful possession of firearms, the government witness, Samuel Ogbu, who was under cross examination, said no incriminating item was found in the Guest House by the security agents.
Ogbu, who is an operative of DSS, was cross-examined by the counsel to Dasuki, Ahmed Raji (SAN)
He said: “Akanni was arrested and detained without any warrant of arrest, he was not charged to court and the plaintiff was deprived of access to his lawyer, family and doctor
Prosecuting counsel from the DSS, Peter Okerinmodun, told Chief Magistrate Adeola Adedayo that the suspects were arrested after using the cloned mobile line of the Governor to send a text message to the Accountant General of the State requesting for transfer of N50 million
In another development, the DSS said it also arrested four suspects who specialised in defrauding innocent Nigerians by impersonating government officials
Oluwawole said it was undemocratic and ungodly for the DSS to have promised that the service was already contemplating releasing Akanni before the House staged a protest to its state office along New Iyin Road in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, on Thursday, only for the lawmaker to still be in custody of DSS till Sunday
Addressing the press on Friday, the Special Assistant to Governor Ayo Fayose, on Public Communications and new Media, Lere Olayinka, said the DSS should tell Nigerians “when Hon. Akanni committed those offences amounting to breach of security? Did Hon. Akanni plot coup or is he leading insurgents to warrant his detention without trial?”
This Press Conference has become necessary in order to debunk a rumour which is being dangerously spread in Ekiti State by some mischief makers to the effect that Hon. AFOLABI has died in custody. Nigerians and Ekiti people in particular are convinced to see that AFOLABI is hale and hearty as he is being presented to the Press today
It will be recalled that the honourable member has been unlawfully incarcerated in DSS custody since March 4, 2016. A court order directing his release since March 11, 2016 was ignored by the DSS
Federal Government has an ulterior motive for holding a member of the Assembly, Hon. Afolabi Akanni, and keeping mute about what it knows about three others abducted by the Department of State Services on March 4