DSS REACTS TO BUHARI SIGNING OF NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SECURITY BILL

Yusuf Magaji Bichi Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja The Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Magaji Bichi, said yesterday that the agency was guided in its activities by the tenets of democracy and committed to national security imperatives. The DG, who spoke in Abuja, also commended President Mohammadu Buhari for ascenting to the National Institute for Security Studies Establishment Act, 2019, saying the act would enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the security agency. He said DSS as an institution was guided by the tenets of democratic rule…

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DSS CRIES OUT: WE ARE NOT RECRUITING, BEWARE OF SCAMMERS

DSS debunks job advert. Above some of its operatives Department of State Services (DSS) has debunked an advertisement being circulated on social media platforms that it is recruiting. It was the second denial in 48 hours by a government department. On Thursday, the State House Clinic, Abuja also debunked social media rumour that it was recruiting staff. The DSS said the job advertisement, published in its name, was false and should be treated as a scam by fraudsters to swindle unsuspecting members of the public, particularly job applicants, Spokesman Peter…

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DSS BEGINS CRACKDOWN ON SOCIAL MEDIA USERS NATIONWIDE

The State Security Service on Wednesday announced a nationwide crackdown on individuals allegedly caught posting inciting materials on the Internet, in a move that could provoke fresh debates about the potency of Nigerian Constitution’s free speech safeguards. The SSS said it had recently observed that some social media users were skewing Nigeria’s history to promote ethnic violence and tip the nation into crisis, a development it said must be urgently reversed through state interference. The secret police’s spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, said in a statement to PREMIUM TIMES that some “unpatriotic”…

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DSS RAISES ALARM ON SOCIAL MEDIA TO SUBVERT DEMOCRACY BY WHIPPING UP ETHNIC OR RELIGIOUS SENTIMENTS

PRESS RELEASE DSS WARNS AGAINST SUBVERSIVE AND UNDEMOCRATIC ACTIVITIES The Department of State Services (DSS) has observed with concern, the deliberate plots and attempts by some subversive and undemocratic elements to incite or pit one ethnic group against the other by stoking the embers of tribal sentiments to cause disaffection and violence across the country. Findings revealed that these unpatriotic actors make unguarded public statements and/or use the social media platforms to instill fear in the minds of citizens. These are reflected in the misleading statements and articles being circulated…

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COURT RESTRAINS EFCC, ICPC, DSS FROM PROBING SARAKI

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday restrained the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and other agencies  involved in  the probe of  Senate President Bukola Saraki over corruption allegations. Saraki  on Friday   filed two separate fundamental rights enforcement suits before the court to challenge the decision of the EFCC to seize  his houses. Ruling on an ex parte application filed along with the substantive suit by Saraki, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, on Tuesday ordered the  anti-corruption body  and the other five respondents to the suit to stay…

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DSS REVEALS NEW WAYS SCAMMERS USED IN DEFRAUDING PUBLIC OFFICIALS

George Opara  The Department of State Services, DSS, Wednesday exposed a new pattern of fraud where heads of agencies are allegedly being fleeced of huge sums of money in the country. It also disclosed that the alleged fraudsters use names of the supervising authorities of the chief executive officers to extort or fleece the CEOs of huge sums of money. DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya said this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja. Afunanya added, “It is believed that these fraudsters actually act on behalf of highly placed…

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59 SEX WORKERS, INCLUDING MEN ARRESTED IN CALABAR BY DSS

No fewer than 59 commercial sex workers, which included 43 girls and 16 men, have been arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Calabar. Mr Ilupeju Adebayo, Director of DSS in Cross River, who briefed newsmen on Saturday in Calabar, said the girls were rounded up at 2:15 a.m Saturday at Peace Garden Hotel and Papsi Place along Murtala Mohammed highway. Adebayo revealed that there was a cartel responsible for luring the girls and making them swear oaths of secrecy not to abscond or divulge information…

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POLITICIANS TRUST BABALAWO MORE THAN US SAYS DG, DSS

The Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, has said that most politicians, particularly state governors, do not trust security officials and would rather go to spiritualists and native doctors otherwise known as Babalawos for protection. Bichi said this when he spoke at the retreat for incoming governors organised by the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) that held in Abuja on Monday April 29th. “I joke with politicians that you people trust the marabouts and babalawos more. Once someone tells you nothing will happen to your seat and…

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COURT ISSUES PRODUCTION WARRANT TO DSS OVER DASUKI

Sambo Dasuki Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of an Abuja High Court sitting in Maitama yesterday issued a production warrant to the Director General, Department of State Services (DSS) to produce a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) in court to face his trial on May 24. Dasuki was arraigned by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC ) since 2015. On trial with him are Aminu Baba-Kusa, a former NNPC Executive Director, and two firms- Acacia Holdings and Reliance Referral Hospital. They are arraigned on 32 counts of criminal…

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JOURNALIST, JONES ABIRI ARRESTED BY DSS, RELEASED

A Nigerian journalist, Jones Abiri, who was arrested on Saturdaty by armed men suspected to be operatives of the State Security Service has been released. The Bayelsa-based magazine publisher was released on Monday afternoon from the secret police’s detention facility in Abuja, his lawyer said. “He has just been released around 2:00 p.m.,” lawyer Samuel Ogala told PREMIUM TIMES, adding that terms of the release would be disclosed later. The men who arrested Mr Abiri came in a Toyota Hilux truck. He was arrested in Yenagoa, the capital of his…

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