EDO SINGLE MOTHER SUES LEBANESE, DSS OVER ILLEGAL DETENTION

Sola Shittu, Benin A Benin, Edo State-based single mother, Ms Odegua Okojie, on Thursday filed a suit against a Lebanese businessman, Charles Makhoul, and the Department of State Services over what she called her illegal detention for nine days. In a suit filed at the Federal High Court, Benin, Okojie claimed that during her detention in a Department of State Services facility, she was denied access to her lawyer and family members, while her mobile phone was seized. Also joined in the suit, marked FHC/B/cs/120/2019, is the Director-General of the…

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GUNMEN KIDNAP FORMER DSS BOSS IN BENUE

George Okoh in Makurdi Unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Thursday abducted a former boss of the Directorate of State Services (DSS) in Benue State, Peter Unogwu. The victim, who operate a four-star hotel at Igumale, headquarters of Ado Local Government Area of the state, was said to be traveling on the Otukpo-Utonkon- Igumale Road when the kidnappers waylaid his car and forcefully took him to an unknown place. A source said on the phone that the former Chief Security Officer of Chevron Nigeria Limited, was kidnapped on the…

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BUHARI APPOINTS EX-DG DSS, GADZAMA AS CHAIRMAN, NISS

President Muhammadu Buhari Soni Daniel – Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed the former Director-General of the Department for State Services (DSS), A.A. Gadzama, as the Chairman of the National Institute for Security Studies, NISS. The appointment, which takes effect from December 16, 2019, for an initial four years, is contained in a statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha. The Public Relations Officer of the Department for State Services (DSS), Dr Peter Afunanya, confirmed the appointment when contacted by Vanguard on Tuesday. Vanguard News…

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ARREST AND DETENTION OVER SIM CARD: TRADER SUES DSS, HANAN BUHARI FOR 500MIL

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja A trader, Anthony Okolie, who was arrested by the Department of State Services and detained for 10 weeks, has sued the DSS for N500m. Okolie, in a suit filed before the Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State, by his lawyer, Tope Akinyode, also demanded N500m from Hanan Buhari, the daughter of the President, Major General Muhammadu (retd.), as well as a telecommunications company, MTN. The suit, with number FHC/ASB/CS/3/2020, is seeking an order to “compel the respondents (DSS, Hanan and MTN) jointly or severally to pay…

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HOW DSS BLEW 165MIL IN FEEDING EL ZAKZAKY

The Department of State Services spent at least N164.5m feeding the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, The PUNCH reports. El-Zakzaky was arrested by the DSS on December 12, 2015 and remained in custody until December 2019 when Justice Gideon Kurada of a Kaduna State High Court ordered the agency to transfer the IMN leader and his wife, Zeenat, to the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Kaduna. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had revealed in November 2018 that the Federal Government spent a total of N3.5m to…

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SOWORE NOMINATED FOR PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE AWARD IN THE US CONGRESS

Photo Speaks: Omoyele Sowore’s TimelineSaharaReporters Media Pro-democracy campaigner and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, has been nominated to receive the Prisoner of Conscience honour from the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the United States House of Representatives. The bipartisan commission is charged with promoting, defending and advocating for international human rights. U.S lawmaker, Josh Gottheimer, sponsored Sowore’s nomination for the prestigious recognition. The Congressman made the announcement during a meeting with other American politicians on Friday. He said, “For months now, I have been working closely with the Sowore family, the…

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HOW MALAMI TOOK BACK HIS WORDS ABOUT NOT HAVING THE POWER TO ORDER SOWORE’S RELEASE

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Tuesday asked the Department of State Services to release the immediate-past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki; and the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, Omoyele Sowore, from custody.   The directive by the AGF came barely eight days after he said he had no power to issue such directive to the DSS to release Sowore from custody without recourse to court. The AGF was, in the statement by his spokesperson, Dr. Umar Gwandu, on December 16,…

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JUDGE WITHDRAWS FROM SOWORE’S CASE, SEE WHY

Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday withdrew from the fundamental rights enforcement suit instituted by the ‘RevolutionNow’ protests convener, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, seeking an order for his release from custody of the Department of State Service. There have been no fresh charges instituted against Sowore since he was rearrested by the operatives of the DSS on December 6 barely 24 hours of being released from the agency’s detention lasting over months. But Justice Mohammed ruled on Monday that he could not hear Sowore’s case…

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WHY SOWORE MAY SPEND YULETIDE IN DETENTION WITH DSS

Success Nwogu and Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, may spend the upcoming Christmas period in the detention of the Department of State Services. This is despite the announcement by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), on December 13, that he had taken over the prosecution of Sowore from the DSS. The hope in the camp of Sowore, who is also the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, that he would be released from custody promptly with the AGF’s takeover of the case was dashed…

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