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INEC Server: DSS Speak On News That It Arrested, Tortured Seven INEC Staff



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The Department of State Services (SSS) has debunked a said rumour that it arrested and detained seven members of staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

This is as a social media report had alleged that the SSS arrested some ICT staff of INEC for disclosing the commission’s server identity number to the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. in the just concluded elections, Premium Times reports.

Naija News recalls that Atiku had in his petition to the election tribunal, noted that the INEC server revealed that he garnered a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari, whose votes count was 16,741,430 in the just concluded presidential election held on February 23.

Peter Afunanya, Public Relations Officer of the service, in a statement in Abuja however, noted that, the report stating that DSS detained and tortured INEC staff for three days by the service to find out who among them gave out the information was false.

Mr Afunanya said that the report also said that they were hurriedly released by the service when their wives threatened to jointly go on public protest.

The service wishes to state that the information in its entirety is false and should be seen as a calculated effort to smear its image.

“It states categorically that none of such things happened as it never invited or arrested any INEC staff.

“There is no iota of truth in these allegations and the public is, therefore, enjoined to disregard them. They are simply manipulative, misleading, inciting and can only be considered as mischievous and unpatriotic,” he said.

He said that the SSS was recently honoured by an International Election observer group for its neutrality and professionalism during the general elections.

He assured the public that the service would continue to conduct itself in the manner that had earned it honour.

Mr Afunanya warned mischief makers who were desirous of using fake news to cause break down of law and order to desist from such.

“The service will not condone deliberate acts of subversion and sabotage aimed at harming the peace of the nation,” he said.

The spokesman added that those bent on causing disaffection would be brought to justice.

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