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Sowore Won’t Be Released Until Due Process Is Followed – DSS
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Sowore Won’t Be Released Until Due Process Is Followed – DSS

The Department of State Service (DSS) has said it won’t release Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, until due process is followed. The DSS stated this in response to why it has refused to release the former presidential candidate despite the latter meeting bail conditions granted him by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. The publisher being detained by the security agency is accused of treason, fraud and insulting President Muhammadu Buhari. The federal government has slammed a seven count charge to that effect on him. He was arrested earlier last month for spearheading a revolutionary protest that went on despite his absence. The publisher was granted bail after the DSS declined renewing an order seeking his continued detention after an earlier 45-day detention...
I Will Not Leave Your Office, Falana Tells DSS After Failing To Release Sowore
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I Will Not Leave Your Office, Falana Tells DSS After Failing To Release Sowore

As the waiting game continues at the headquarters of the Department of State Services in Abuja over the release of Omoyele Sowore, his lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has vowed to remain at the facility pending the release of his client. The human rights lawyer insisted that he and his team would stay put until the DSS releases Sowore to him as ordered by the court and having perfected the bail condition. He said that as long as his client was being held, he would not leave the premises of the DSS. Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja had on Tuesday ordered the DSS to release Sowore on bail. However, many Nigerians had expressed doubt on the DSS and President Muhammadu Buhari's administration to obey the court order especially following the regime's penchant fo...
“How I Found Out I Had Been Granted Bail” – Sowore Speaks
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“How I Found Out I Had Been Granted Bail” – Sowore Speaks

Sowore was granted bail by Justice Taiwo Taiwo on the condition that he deposits his international passport with the court and that he is produced whenever needed by his lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN). Details have emerged as to how pro-democracy campaigner and Convener of RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, found out that he had been granted bail on Tuesday by the Federal High Court in Abuja. Sowore was granted bail by Justice Taiwo Taiwo on the condition that he deposits his international passport with the court and that he is produced whenever needed by his lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN). Speaking with Sahara Reporters at the facility of the Department of State Services where he is being held in Abuja, Sowore said, "On Tuesday morning, I was asked to dress up by men of the DSS in...
Sowore’s Release A Victory For The Rule Of Law – SERAP
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Sowore’s Release A Victory For The Rule Of Law – SERAP

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has welcomed decision by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja ordering the immediate release of the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, from the custody of the Department of State Service as “a victory for the rule of law, human rights and judicial independence.” In a statement, SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare said: “It's a huge relief that Sowore will be freed and can finally return to his family and journalism work. He should never have been detained in the first place. The Nigerian authorities should now withdraw all the charges against him and allow freedom of expression and media freedom to flourish. It’s good for everyone.” SERAP said: “The Nigerian authorities now have t...
How I Was Maltreated In DSS Detention — Sowore
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How I Was Maltreated In DSS Detention — Sowore

The co-convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, who has been in the detention of the Department of State Services since August 3, 2019, has accused the DSS of maltreating him. “I was abducted in the middle of the night. I was taken to one of your facilities in Lagos. I was beaten up, rough-handled on my way to the facility in the car. And my cousin, who was in the room with me, was also beaten and handcuffed, and my properties were forcefully seized. And when I got there, of course, the maltreatment continued, they threw me on a cold floor and locked the door. “I had no contact with even the guards for two nights; I was in that facility before I was flown here by your agents. So, I was seriously maltreated,” Sowore reportedly said during an interrogation session by DSS...
DSS To Arraign Sowore In Court On Tuesday
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DSS To Arraign Sowore In Court On Tuesday

The federal government will on Tuesday, Sept. 24, formally arraign Omoyele Sowore, convener of the RevolutionNow movement. According to SaharaReporters, Sowore will be arraigned at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. Igbere TV had reported that the Department of State Services on Friday slammed seven-count charge on the former presidential candidate. The charges borders on alleged conspiracy to commit treason, cyberstalking President Buhari, and also insulting him in a television interview. Sowore was arrested in Lagos on August 3, 2019 for planning a series of protests against “bad governance” in Nigeria. Despite several calls for his release, the DSS secured an initial 45 days court order to hold him in their custody.
DSS Charges Sowore, Mandate For Treasonable Felony, Cyberstalking Buhari
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DSS Charges Sowore, Mandate For Treasonable Felony, Cyberstalking Buhari

The Department of State Services has charged pro-democracy activist, Omoyele Sowore, to court for treasonable felony, cyberstalking President Muhammadu Buhari among other offences. Sowore was arrested on August 3, 2019 in Lagos for planning a series of protests against bad governance in Nigeria tagged. Another activist, Olawale Mandate, arrested in Osun, has also been charged by the DSS.
Some Individuals And Groups Are Plotting To Set Nigeria On Fire – DSS
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Some Individuals And Groups Are Plotting To Set Nigeria On Fire – DSS

Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) Monday said some individuals and groups under the guise of political differences with the current government are working to destabilise the country. “The DSS wishes to reiterate its earlier alert to the nation of plans by subversive groups and individuals to undermine national security, peace and unity in the country,” DSS spokesman Peter Afunaya said in a statement. “These elements are determined to exploit political differences and other occurrences, within and outside the country, to destabilize the nation. They also initiate narratives to deepen their subversive objectives so as to achieve preferred illegal outcomes.” The spokesman of the secret service did not mention any name or group but said the service would not relent in i...
FG Has No Grounds To Hold My Husband – Omoyele Sowore’s Wife
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FG Has No Grounds To Hold My Husband – Omoyele Sowore’s Wife

Omoyele Sowore's wife, Opeyemi has decried the continous detention of her husband by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) after his arrest. Recall that the DSS secured a court order to detain the former Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) for 45 days after accusing him of receiving millions of dollars from foreign collaborators to topple President Buhari's government. He was also accused of being in contact with Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to mobilize forces and holding series of meetings with foreign collaborators outside Nigeria including Dubai to violently overthrow the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. However speaking on Democracy Now which is a news programme in the United States, Opeyemi sa...
#freesowore: 53 Rights Organizations To Hold Rally Demanding Sowore’s Release
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#freesowore: 53 Rights Organizations To Hold Rally Demanding Sowore’s Release

About 53 non-governmental organizations under the aegis of Coalition of Human and Civil Rights Organizations (COHCRO) are set to hold a protest calling for the release of Omoyele Sowore, an opponent of President Muhammadu Buhari in the last presidential election. Sowore was arrested on August 3 by the Nigerian secret police, the Department of State Services (DSS) and has been in detention since then. He was abducted by the DSS in a Gestapo style in his apartment for organizing a demonstration tagged, #RevolutionNow. A statement by Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman on behalf of the coalition said: “Well-meaning Nigerians and lovers of genuine democracy would grace the event slated for Thursday 5th of September, 2019. “The planned March protest would draw members from no fewer t...
Sowore collected “millions of dollars” to topple Buhari Government, DSS alleges in fresh court documents
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Sowore collected “millions of dollars” to topple Buhari Government, DSS alleges in fresh court documents

The Department of State Services has alleged in fresh papers filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja that the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, Omoyele Sowore, met with “foreign collaborators” in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries on how to topple the Muhammadu Buhari government”. DSS also alleged in the court document seen by Punch correspondent on Tuesday that Sowore received “millions of dollars” from the alleged collaborators to sponsor attacks in Nigeria with a view toppling the government and ensuring the release of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, from custody. However, the identities of the alleged foreign collaborators, the details of the meetings and how much was allegedly taken by Sowore were not disclosed in the co...
House Of Reps Summons CBN, NNPC, Others
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House Of Reps Summons CBN, NNPC, Others

The House of Representatives has summoned heads of four government agencies to appear before it. The agencies include the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigeria National Petroleum Coperation (NNPC), Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Customs. The decision followed a resolution by the House Committee in charge of these agencies. Addressing newsmen on Thursday, in Abuja, Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Yusuf Buba, said the agencies are to appear before the House on Monday, August 19, 2019. According to him, the Committee resolved to take the action as the Chief Executives failed to honour the invitation to appear before it for an investigative public hearing. The public hearing was on the need to determine why the Warri, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Onne and On...
#RevolutionNow: DSS Seeks Permission To Detain Sowore For 90 More Days
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#RevolutionNow: DSS Seeks Permission To Detain Sowore For 90 More Days

The Department of State Services (DSS) has approached the Federal High Court in Abuja to seek permission to detain the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, for 90 more days pending the conclusion of its investigation. Justice Taiwo Taiwo, however, adjourned until Thursday for ruling, as he said he needed time to examine the exhibits filed along with the application, which include two copies of DVD. Sowore was arrested in the early hours of Saturday in Lagos, on account of the #RevolutionNow protest which he had spearheaded.
#RevolutionNow: NANS Slams Sowore, Others; Commends DSS For Prompt Action
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#RevolutionNow: NANS Slams Sowore, Others; Commends DSS For Prompt Action

The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS on Monday berated Omoyele Sowore and his fellow organizers of the Revolution Now march over ongoing protest, describing their action as akin to a coup against a democratic government. Addressing newsmen in Abuja, Zonal Coordinator, NANS Zone A, Umar Farouk Lawal, commended the Department of State Services for its prompt response, stressing that the planned protest would have degenerated if prompt action was not taken. “For us, there will be no compromise when it comes to putting the nation first over and above any other consideration, it is Nigeria first and Nigeria always. “It is without doubt that our nation is going through series of challenges ranges from insurgency, banditry to armed robbery and kidnapping resulting from...
#RevolutionNow: Ibrahim Dan Arrested By DSS For Supporting Sowore On Facebook
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#RevolutionNow: Ibrahim Dan Arrested By DSS For Supporting Sowore On Facebook

A former Editor at Daily Trust Newspaper, Mr. Ibrahim Dan Halilu, has been arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS. Igbere learned that Halilu, ex politics editor for the news outfit, was picked in Kaduna State on Monday over a Facebook post supporting the activities of the #RevolutionNow movement. The journalist is not the first to be arrested by the secret police over the movement. Convener of the group and publisher, SaharaReporters, Omoleye Sowore, was picked by the DSS on Saturday at his Lagos residence, Similarly, two journalists with the news outfit (Victor Ogungbenro and Tosin Olajuwon) were picked at different locations in Lagos and Ondo States during today's #RevolutionNow protest, with the Lagos office of SaharaReporters under heavy surveilla...
DSS Set To Release El-zakzaky And Wife
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DSS Set To Release El-zakzaky And Wife

The leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat might breathe the air of freedom very soon as the Department of State Services (DSS), is already working to ensure his release from detention. Naija News had earlier reported today that Justice Darius Khobo of Kaduna state High Court gave El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat leave to travel to India for medical attention. He, however, added that the trip will be under the supervision of the state. A statement signed by the DSS Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya and made available to us reads: "This is to inform the public that the Department of State Services (DSS) has received the order granting Ibrahim EL-ZAKZAKY leave to travel to India for medical treatment. Conseq...
#RevolutionNow: DSS Urges Nigerians To Disregard Threat Of Revolution
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#RevolutionNow: DSS Urges Nigerians To Disregard Threat Of Revolution

The Department of State Services (DSS) has called on Nigerians to disregard threat of revolution by Mr Omoyele Sowore. He also confirmed that Sowore, who was to led a group known as RevolutionNow on a protest slated for Aug. 5 was in the service’s custody. The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of DSS, Mr Peter Afunanya made the call while addressing newsmen on Saturday in Abuja. He said the arrest of Sowore was for threatening public safety, peaceful co-existence and social harmony in the country. According to him, the service is charged with the responsibility of managing, curtailing, containing and eliminating threats against national security. “These threats include threats of sabotage, threats of subversion, threat of terrorism and of course, ethnic agitations, separati...
Court Stops NASS, Police, DSS From Taking Over Edo Assembly
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Court Stops NASS, Police, DSS From Taking Over Edo Assembly

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Friday ordered the Nigeria Police, Department of State Services and the National Assembly to stay away from the Edo State House of Assembly. The court ordered that the aforementioned institutions should steer clear of the state Assembly pending the determination of the motion on notice instituted by the Deputy Speaker of the state Assembly, Yekini Idiaye, and the member representing Ikpoba-Okha constituency. Defendants in the suit marked FHC/PH/CS/159/2019 were the Clerk of the National Assembly, Senate President, Speaker of House of Representatives, Inspector-General of Police, DSS and the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki. Justice Adamu Mohammed restrained the defendants from interfering or taking over the legislative functio...
#RevolutionNow: Nigerians React To Sowore’s Arrest, #FreeSowore Trends On Twitter
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#RevolutionNow: Nigerians React To Sowore’s Arrest, #FreeSowore Trends On Twitter

Nigerians on social media have attacked President Muhammadu Buhari over the report alleging that Omoyele Sowore, a human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner, Department of State Services operatives invades and arrests him in his apartment earlier today. Many Nigerians in their reaction accused Buhari of trying to use the DSS to intimidate Sowore so as not to carry out the planned #RevolutionNow protests slated for August 5. Many well-meaning Nigerians are also calling for the release of the pro-democracy campaigner using #Freesowore hashtag on Twitter. Security operatives suspected to be from the Department of State Security (DSS) have arrested a former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore. Sowore, who is also the publisher of SaharaReporters, was arrested early ...
Criminals Cloning Government Websites – DSS
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Criminals Cloning Government Websites – DSS

The Department of State Services, DSS, has raised the alarm over the activities of those it described as criminals whom it said have cloned the websites of some government agencies, including those of the National Youths Services Corps, NYSC, and the Nigeria Social Investment Trust Fund, NSITF The DSS, in a statement, Thursday, by its Spokesperson, Peter Afunanya said the “unscrupulous elements” have deployed the “official identities/paraphernalia of certain Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to shortchange vulnerable persons.” The DSS spokesperson, however, said that the secret agency is working with the affected agencies to identify the criminals and apprehend them. “Notably, the Nigeria Social Investment Trust Fund (NSITF) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC...
Magu Came To Beg Me For Confirmation, Saraki Tells CJ
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Magu Came To Beg Me For Confirmation, Saraki Tells CJ

Former Senate President Bukola Saraki says the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, visited him in 2016 and begged him to ensure that he was confirmed by the Senate. Saraki added that he explained to Magu that the Department of State Services had written a letter to the upper chamber of the National Assembly accusing the EFCC boss of corruption and being unfit to hold the office and thus should not be confirmed. Saraki’s letter was written in response to a previous letter written by the EFCC to the chief judge. The EFCC in a letter sent to Abdu-Kafarati, on May 21, accused Justice Taiwo Taiwo of being biased against it. However, in a protest letter signed by Magu, the EFCC requested the re-assignment of the two ex-governors’ cas...
Fake Doctor Performed Over 500 Surgeries & Caused 46 Deaths Before Arrest- DSS
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Fake Doctor Performed Over 500 Surgeries & Caused 46 Deaths Before Arrest- DSS

Ibrahim Mustapha, a fake doctor and principal medical officer of Cottage hospital, Fufore in Adamawa state, has been arrested by the Department of State Services for killing patients in the cause of his fake practice. He is said to have performed over 500 surgical operations causing the death of about 46 patients from January to May 2019. Parading the fake doctor in Yola on Thursday, DSS Director in the state, Bola Olori, said the DSS has, “effected the arrest of one Ibrahim Mustapha, who operated illegally as a PMO in Fufore Cottage hospital, Fufore local government area of Adamawa state”. Mr. Olori said a preliminary investigation revealed that Mustapha holds National Board of Technical Education (NBTE) certificate, an equivalent of Senior Secondary School certificate or Hig...
DSS Arrests Fake Medical Doctor In Adamawa
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DSS Arrests Fake Medical Doctor In Adamawa

The Department of State Services (DSS) has confirmed the arrest of the Principal Medical Director of Fufore Cottage Hospital in Adamawa, Ibrahim Mustapha, for operating with a fake medical certificate. Mr Bola Olori, the Director of DSS in the state, told newsmen on Thursday in Yola that preliminary investigations showed that Mustapha did not study medicine but holds the National Board of Technical Education (NBTE) certificate. He perfected the illicit act of impersonation as a doctor in Gombe where he worked as a ward attendant in several clinics. “He was aided in the act by a practicing doctor who gave him sample copies of his NECO result, MBBS of Bayero University Kano, NYSC discharge certificate and that of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria annual registration licens...
Why fake certificate holders get ministerial appointments – Ex-DSS Director
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Why fake certificate holders get ministerial appointments – Ex-DSS Director

A former assistant director of the Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree, says the DSS has always informed the President about ministerial nominees with fake certificates. He, however, said some still scale through based on political considerations. Amachree said this during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday. He was asked why some persons with fake certificates had gone on to become ministers despite DSS screening and Senate grilling. In his response, Amachree said the DSS had always investigated the credentials of nominees and sent reports to the President but it was left to the President and the Senate to finalise the appointment. He said, “Some of these things (fake certificates) are discovered. The SSS will not tell you this perso...
‘Don’t Drag Us Into Your Smear Campaign Against Judiciary’ – Presidency Warns PDP
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‘Don’t Drag Us Into Your Smear Campaign Against Judiciary’ – Presidency Warns PDP

The Presidency has admonished the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to stop dragging the presidency into their current sponsored media smear campaign against the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa. Reports claiming that an agency of the government, the Department of State Services, DSS has indicted Bulkachuwa of corruption are the latest of this sponsored campaign aimed at causing disaffection between the Executive and the Judiciary, the two arms of government that had operated smoothly under the present dispensation. While the PDP and its candidates are free to exercise their right to challenge the results of the 2019 presidential election, it is unacceptable to drag the name of the President or other organs of the executive branch into the campaign of chara...
DSS Finally Releases Journalist, Abiri Jones After Bail Was Granted
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DSS Finally Releases Journalist, Abiri Jones After Bail Was Granted

The Department of State Services have released Abiri Jones, the Bayelsa journalist who was arrested again over the weekend in Yenegoa, the capital of his home Bayelsa State where he publishes his Weekly Source magazine.While no official statement was issued to clarify the arrest of Jones Abiri which comes months after a prolonged detention, his lawyer Samuel Ogala confirmed that been released by the DSS adding that terms of the release would be disclosed later. Recall we reported earlier that the DSS officials who arrested Mr Abiri came in a Toyota Hilux truck. The DSS had initially denied knowledge of the arrest, but those who were with him insisted the agency was responsible.
Raymond Dokpesi Calls Buhari ‘A Parasite’
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Raymond Dokpesi Calls Buhari ‘A Parasite’

Chief Raymond Dopkesi, Chairman of Daar Communications, owners of the Raypower FM and African Independent Television, called President Buhari a 'parasite of Nigeria' as he spoke to journalists in Abuja. The media mogul who narrated his ordeal after being released by the Nigeria Immigration Service, also alleged that the Federal Government has been intimidating Peoples Democratic Party members. Dokpesi who called President Buhari a parasite, was detained by the Department of State Services upon his return from Dubai on Friday. Speaking to newsmen he said; “I do not suspect foul play. I can state categorically that this is the handiwork of the Buhari-led Federal Government. There is nothing I can do. I am in court already. I am a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is o...
‘Arrested’ Buba Galadima Surfaces At Atiku’s Press Conference
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‘Arrested’ Buba Galadima Surfaces At Atiku’s Press Conference

Alhaji Buba Galadima, one of the spokespersons of the defeated presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party has resurfaced days after he was allegedly arrested by Department of State Services. News about Galadima’s arrest was spread by the PDP spin doctors, but the DSS promptly denied he was in its custody. We learnt that the spokesperson of the DSS, Peter Afunanya denied that he was arrested by the secret agency. On Wednesday, Galadima appeared at the Press Conference addressed by Atiku in Abuja, apparently coming out from hiding. Galadima’s arrest rumour was triggered by a statement credited to the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo. Keyamo on Sunday called on security agencies to arrest Galadima for all...
DSS Warns Public Against Dealing With Sacked DG, Daura
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DSS Warns Public Against Dealing With Sacked DG, Daura

The Department of State Services (DSS), in what appears to be a disclaimer, yesterday warned members of the public against dealing with former Director General (DG) of the Service, Lawal Daura. Daura, who was the DG between 2015 and 2018, was sacked by the then acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, for authorising the invasion of the National Assembly by personnel of the DSS last year. The DSS in a statement also cleared the air on the assumption in some quarters that Daura, though dismissed from the service, still wields a lot of influence over the operations of the DSS. It warned that the assumption is not only false, adding that those dealing with him in any capacity do so at their own risk. “The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to insinuatio...
DSS Gave Me $500,000 To Set Farouk Lawan Up – Otedola
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DSS Gave Me $500,000 To Set Farouk Lawan Up – Otedola

Femi Otedola, billionaire businessman, has disclosed how the Department of State Services (DSS) gave him the $500,000 he offered to Farouk Lawan, a former lawmaker. According to NAN, Otedola disclosed this before Angela Otaluka, a judge of the federal capital territory high Court, Apo, on Monday. Lawan was the chairman of a house of representatives committee probing the multi- billion naira fuel subsidy fraud. He was accused of receiving money from Otedola to remove Zenon Petroleum and Gas limited, his company, from the list of oil companies allegedly involved in the fuel subsidy fraud in 2012. In 2013, he was charged by the office of the attorney-general of the federation (AGF) for allegedly receiving bribe. Otedola said the money was given to him by the DSS to set a trap ...
Comrade Adams Oshiomhole Was Not Arrested, It Is A Rumour – APC
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Comrade Adams Oshiomhole Was Not Arrested, It Is A Rumour – APC

The ruling All Progressives Congress APC has denied knowledge of the quizzing of its National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole by operatives of the Department of State Services DSS. Reacting to reports of the questioning of the chairman, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu said Mr Oshiomhole is currently out of the country and could not immediately respond to the “rumor”. “We do not have any information on this rumor. More so, the Chairman is not around in the country to confirm or deny this. As soon as we have any relevant information, you’ll be updated”, he said. Oshiomhole was said to have been invited for questioning Sunday night following petitions from some aggrieved governors of the party, accusing him of subverting the recent primary elect...
Beware Of Fraudsters, We’re Not Recruiting – DSS Warns Job Seekers
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Beware Of Fraudsters, We’re Not Recruiting – DSS Warns Job Seekers

The Department of State Services, DSS, has warned members of the public to be wary of the activities of fraudsters using Facebook accounts of some officials of the service to defraud unsuspecting persons. NAN reports that a statement issued on Monday by the Public Relations Officer of the service, Mr Peter Afunanya, stated that the fraudsters in some instances had promised employment and made victims to part with various sums of money. “The service advises applicants to verify information of recruitment from its formations across the country or send an email to dsspr@dss.gov.ng for confirmation. “In this regard, the public is advised to be wary of the fraudsters and avoid falling victims,” he said. He said that the criminals had cloned the Facebook accounts of some DSS senior...
DSS Finally Speaks On The Disappearance Of Nnamdi Kanu
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DSS Finally Speaks On The Disappearance Of Nnamdi Kanu

The Department of State Services (DSS), has denied that five of its personnel aided Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to escape from his Umuahia home on September 14, 2017. Kanu’s whereabouts was unknown, until he surfaced in Israel recently, after the alleged September 14 raid by a combined team of the Army, Police and the DSS at his home in Umuahia, Abia. A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the service, Peter Afunanya, said that the purported report was fake, mischievous and defamatory. “The Service wishes to state that the news is fake, mischievous and defamatory. It is nothing but a figment of the imagination of the originators,” the statement quoted Afunanya as saying. He said that the stock in trade of Kanu and his collaborators, was...
Saraki Finally Gives Condition On Resigning As Senate President
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Saraki Finally Gives Condition On Resigning As Senate President

Senate President Bukola Saraki says he is not desperate to stay in office. However, a condition has to be met: his removal must be by two-thirds majority of the upper chamber. Saraki said this on Wednesday while addressing a ‘World press Conference’ on Tuesday’s siege to the National Assembly by the Department of State Services (DSS). The Senate President defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in July, sparking calls for his resignation/impeachment by the ruling party. “The day two-thirds of our members no longer have confidence in us, we will leave this place,” Saraki said as he wound up his speech.
Court grants former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, bail
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Court grants former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, bail

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd). This would be the sixth time a court would be granting former NSA bail. He has however remained in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).   Dasuki was arrested in 2015 over his alleged involvement in the misappropriating of $2.1 billion meant for the purchase of arms and ammunition during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.   Granting him bail this morning, the trial judge, Justice Ojukwu, described the former NSA's continuous detention as an aberration to the rule of law and the contrition. She, therefore, grated the former NSA bail in the sum of N200 million and two sureties. The sureties according to her, must not be lo...
Federal Government Pays N135m Compensation To Families Of 8 Victims Killed By DSS in 2013
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Federal Government Pays N135m Compensation To Families Of 8 Victims Killed By DSS in 2013

The federal government on Thursday released a cheque of N135 million to the relatives and victims of eight persons who were killed by the Department of State Services (DSS) in 2013. The payment is coming four years and seven months after a panel of inquiry by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) indicted the security agency of grossly violating the rights of the victims and consequently ordered the State Security Service to pay compensation of N135m to the dead and injured victims. The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), who made the presentation on behalf of the federal government, said the gesture is a confirmation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to upholding the rule of law, justice and respect of human r...
God Has Chosen Babtunde Fashola To Replace Buhari As President In 2019 – Prophet Reveals
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God Has Chosen Babtunde Fashola To Replace Buhari As President In 2019 – Prophet Reveals

The leader of Divine Intelligence Ministry, Prophet George Fakolade, has said Nigerians will vote the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to replace incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. He stated this in a statement issued to journalists in Abuja on Sunday. According to him, Fashola would make his cabinet ready before assumption of office, step-up the fight against corruption, spare no sacred cows, and heal the nation. Fakolade also said the incumbent Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, would continue in office under Mr. Fashola for the sake of continuity and in the interest of the nation. Recalls that Prophet Fakolade had accurately predicted that Nigeria will experience a change of government in 2015. His latest stat...
NCC Sanctions Telecoms Operators; Bars Numbers
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NCC Sanctions Telecoms Operators; Bars Numbers

The Nigerian Communications Commission has suspended the operating licenses of some telecommunications operators for engaging in call masking. The commission also issued warning letters to others it said were caught engaging in the practice. A statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by the Director of Public Affairs, NCC, Tony Ojobo, said the telecommunications regulatory agency had also begun the second phase of investigation on the involvement of digital mobile operators in masking activities. Call masking is the act of concealing international calls coming into a country and presenting them as local in order to make profits from the difference in prices between local and international calls. “The NCC has recently been inundated with complaints from service providers and consume...
Suspected Herdsmen Arraigned For Alleged Murder Of Pregnant Woman In Ekiti
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Suspected Herdsmen Arraigned For Alleged Murder Of Pregnant Woman In Ekiti

The Department of State Services, (DSS) has arraigned two suspected herdsmen, Namajo Mohammadu, 32, and Abubakar Abase, 18, before an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court over alleged murder and armed robbery. The Prosecution from the DSS, Mr Olaoluwa Olatunbosun told the court on Wednesday that the defendants committed the offence on Jan.18 in Ido-Ekiti. He alleged that the defendants on the said date, while armed with guns and other offensive weapons, unlawfully murdered one pregnant Tiv woman, Mrs Muwaga Felix, in her farm. Olatunbosun also said the duo committed the offence of armed robbery to the people of the community. According to him, the offence is punishable under Section 516, 402 and 319 of the Criminal Code. The defendants were not represented by any counsel and their p...
Bomb Factory Discovered In Edo State, Bomb Maker Killed
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Bomb Factory Discovered In Edo State, Bomb Maker Killed

Following the explosion that rocked Okpella, the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has directed the commissioner of police and the Director of Department of State Services (DSS) in the state, to commence search for explosives and other weapons and dis-arm the militia group operating in the community. A suspected bomb factory was uncovered in Iddo, Okpella, after one of the explosives exploded. One of the suspected bomb makers was killed in the explosion. One of the victim’s legs was also chopped off by the blast. .The building where the suspected bombs were manufactured is a three- bedroom apartment which the villagers said was occupied by some men from Kogi State. . A source in the village said youths in the area mobilised and nabbed some occupants in the building. One of the o...
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Herdsmen After Our Land, Says Ortom

The last one week has been overwhelming for the people and government of Benue State, following the killing of 73 people by suspected herdsmen. Ahead of today’s meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari by Benue stakeholders, Governor Samuel Ortom speaks with MANAGING EDITOR (NORTHERN OPERATION) YUSUF ALLI in Makurdi. Excerpts:   Did you see the herdsmen attack coming?   Yes, I saw it coming. The bill was signed into law on the 22nd of May 2017, and in June, Miyyeti Allah Kautal Hore did a press conference and threatened that they will not accept the law and the law will not be implemented in Benue State.   The press conference was in the papers. It was on video and audio. In a normal situation, the security agencies would have picked them for threatening not ...
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Shiites React To El-Zakzaky’s Emergence, Warn Buhari’s Govt

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) on Sunday stated that it would not be deceived by photos and video of its leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.   It also warned the Buhari government to stop propaganda against the group and its supreme head.   El-Zakzaky, in a brief chat with newsmen, at an undisclosed location in Abuja, said he was alive and “feeling better”.   His clearance to come out of the heavily guarded building by the Department of State Services (DSS) followed rumours surrounding his health.   Last week, there was tension in some states, particularly Kaduna, after news broke that the Shiites leader was dead.   The DSS, however, at the weekend, decided to prove that he is not dead as being speculated.   In a statement i...
Prophet, Driver, Allegedly Arrested With Human Head In Uyo
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Prophet, Driver, Allegedly Arrested With Human Head In Uyo

The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has arrested a prophet identified as Israel and his driver Effiong, with a decomposing human head at Mbak in Uyo Local Government area of Akwa Ibom State. It was gathered that the command’s officials stopped the driver for violating traffic rules but upon investigation a human head was found when the prophet tried to flee. The Sector Commander, S. S. Oghenelaro, who confirmed the incident said a suspect, who gave his name as Effiong, was stopped for violating traffic rules but refused to obey. Oghenelaro said: “On examination, a decomposing human head was discovered in the bag and at that point, the man became aggressive and wild. “The driver was initially apprehended for failure to use seatbelt, but the driver disregarded hand signal and tr...
Order Release Of Detained Cameroonians – Femi Falana Urges President Muhammadu Buhari
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Order Release Of Detained Cameroonians – Femi Falana Urges President Muhammadu Buhari

Lagos lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to order the immediate release of the detained Cameroonian freedom fighters. Meanwhile he also cautioned against releasing the freedom fighters to Cameroonian President, Paul Biya, warning that “Since the federal government has not succeeded in completely defeating the dreaded Boko Haram sect it should not declare war on the people of Southern Cameroon and thereby further expose the displaced people of Bakassi to reprisal attacks”. The Movement for the independence of Southern Cameroonians is clamouring for an independent Ambazonia State, which seeks to break away from the domination of the French-speaking Cameroon. Seven of its leaders were arrested by the Department of State Services, DSS, on Friday in Abuja. ...
Jail Break: DSS Recaptures Another Fleeing Inmate
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Jail Break: DSS Recaptures Another Fleeing Inmate

The Department of State Services (DSS) has re-arrested another inmate that fled from the Ikot Ekpene Prison in Akwa-Ibom State, few weeks ago. He was handed over to the prison authority on December 31. The prisoners had on December 27 last year attacked the prison’s kitchen staff that and seized an axe from fellow inmate attached to the kitchen and inflicted a deep cut on the inmates’ head before escaping from the facility. Four inmates died in the ensuing scuffle while 36 others said escaped from the prison. However, 15 of them have now been recaptured. The Controller of Prisons, Akwa-Ibom State Command, Alex Oditah, who told our correspondent through a telephone conversation, said men of the DSS and other security agencies are still combing the state to fish out the other ...
Edo Govt, Security Agencies Clampdown On BUA Over Mine Site
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Edo Govt, Security Agencies Clampdown On BUA Over Mine Site

Edo State government and security agencies comprising men of the Nigerian army, the police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and Department of State Services (DSS) in the state on Wednesday stormed the disputed Obuh mine site and arrested two employees of BUA International Limited over alleged violation of a stop-work order issued by the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development. The stop-work order followed the tussle between Dangote Group and BUA Group over the mining right in Obuh community in Okpella, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State. Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State ordered the arrest of the two employees of BUA International Limited when he visited the site and discovered that work was ongoing despite relaying directives from the Federal...
Governor Obaseki Orders Arrest Of Two BUA Officials
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Governor Obaseki Orders Arrest Of Two BUA Officials

Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, has ordered the arrest of two employees of BUA International Limited over alleged violation of a ‘stop work order’ issued by the ministry of mines and steel. The order was given due to a dispute involving BUA and Dangote Group on the ownership of Obu mine site located in the state. According to NAN, when the governor visited the site on Wednesday, he discovered that the officials were carrying on with work. “The order is pending the determination of a court suit over the ownership of the mine site,” he said. Obaseki was accompanied by soldiers, policemen, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS). Obaseki said that the state government was more interested in the security of lives a...
Fulani Herdsmen Killings An Invitation For Civil War – Benue APC Chairman
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Fulani Herdsmen Killings An Invitation For Civil War – Benue APC Chairman

The Benue State chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, Comrade Abba Yaro has described the massive killing of over 50 Benue people by the Fulani herdsmen as an invitation for Civil War. In a Statement issued in Abuja, Yaro decried the recent killings as an attempt to spark second civil war in Nigeria, insisting that, it is clear case of ethnic cleansing around the Benue Valley which must be stopped immediately. While calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately call the Fulani to order and as well direct security agents to fetch out the killers, he also called on all Benue Sons and daughters, irrespective of Party affiliation to rise in defence of Benue Community. “This is above Party politics, it is human lives, how can you kill a pregnant woman and removed...
We Cannot Sell Petrol At N145, Marketers Tell FG
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We Cannot Sell Petrol At N145, Marketers Tell FG

Petrol marketers in the country have told the government for the umpteenth time that they can no longer sell petrol at N145 a litre. The marketers under the aegies of Depot and Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPMAN) made their decision known to the government at a meeting with top officials at the presidential villa on Tuesday in Abuja. The marketers insisted that selling petrol at N145 a litre was no longer profitable as the price of crude oil in the international market has risen and this has a corresponding relation with the price of refined products. Present at the meeting held at the Presidential Villa Conference Centre Abuja were Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President, who presided; Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corpora...
Omoku Killings: Wike Places N200 Million Bounty For Capture Of Perpetrators
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Omoku Killings: Wike Places N200 Million Bounty For Capture Of Perpetrators

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has placed a N200million bounty for information that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of the Omoku massacre. Governor Wike spoke on Tuesday after he led the Rivers State Security Council on a fact finding/sympathy visit to the families of the deceased. He also visited those injured during the attack. The governor also visited the sites of the crime where he received briefing from the Nigerian Police Area Commander, Mr Mike Nwafor and the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni (ONELGA) Local Government Council Caretaker Chairman, Mr Olisa Osi. He said: “We have placed a N200million bounty for relevant information that will lead to the arrest of all those involved in this unfortunate act of violence. “Anybody who is connected to this crime in any...

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