The Department of State Services (DSS) has dismissed reports that its operatives arrested Abubakar Idris popularly known as Dadiyata.
Naija News reports that Dadiyata, a fierce government critic, was abducted in his home in Barnawa area in Kaduna State on August 1, 2019, by unknown gunmen, with many blaming the DSS for his disappearance.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Public Relations Officer, DSS National Headquarters, Abuja, Dr Peter Afunanya, warned against the spread of false accusation agains the service.
The secret police also stated that the DSS has no reasons to deny its arrest and detention of suspects if actually it carried out operations during which such persons were arrested.
The DSS said: “The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to serial allegations by sections of the media particularly the Punch and Daily Trust Newspapers that the Service is illegally detaining some Nigerians.
“Of specific mention were Abubakar IDRIS (aka Dadiyata) and Agba JALINGO said to have been arrested in Kaduna and Cross River states respectively by the Service. Another was Punch Newspaper’s wild allegation in its publications of 6th and 29th December 2019 that over 50 suspects are being held by the Service under excruciating conditions and “routinely tortured”.
“These allegations, to say the least, are spurious and can only be taken for what they are – deliberate and subversive campaigns of calumny to undermine the Service and cast it in bad light before the public.
“That IDRIS was taken away from his house by some armed men does not suggest that those men were DSS staff.
“It was expected that Daily Trust and Punch should have properly conducted their investigations before holding the Service responsible for the acts it did not commit.
“For the sake of emphasis, the Service has no reasons to deny its arrest and detention of suspects if actually it carried out operations during which such persons were arrested.
“It is not out of place for security and law enforcement agencies to arrest and detain lawbreakers or those suspected to be.
“The arrest and detention of suspects are procedural and undergo continuous review. In certain conditions, some are routinely questioned and released while others are granted administrative bail.”
Source: Naija News