Ortom vs Buhari: DSS Speaks On Arresting Channels TV Presenters
The Department of State Service (DSS) has dismissed reports that its operatives arrested two presenters of Channels Television.
Naija News reports that the secret police denied this in a statement signed Peter Afunanya, the DSS spokesperson.
“The attention of the DSS has been drawn to news making the rounds in some sections of the media that its operatives earlier today (26th August, 2021) arrested two (2) journalists of Channels Television,” the statement read.
“This is false and misleading. Fake news peddlers should shun the act. ”
Reports had emerged on Thursday that the DSS arrested Chamberlain Usoh and Kayode Okikiolu over an interview they conducted on the private television.
But Naija News exclusively reported that the duo were not arrested by the secret police.
A source had disclosed that the station only received a query from the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, a move the source describe as a plot to intimidate Channels TV.
Usoh and Okikiolu, according to reports, were invited to the NBC’s in Abuja on Thursday.
The NBC, it was gathered, is not comfortable with an interview granted the private television station by the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and a former Navy Commodore, Kunle Olawunmi.
Recall that Ortom in the interview labelled Buhari as the worst President to ever rule Nigeria, adding that the President is grossly incapable of managing the affairs of the country.
He added that Buhari is trying to implement a secret Fulani agenda in Nigeria and cares more about cows than the people he is expected to lead.
On his part, Olawunmi had also revealed that the Buhari-led government was shielding sponsors of Boko Haram.
He said Boko Haram terrorists mentioned names of current governors, senators and Aso Rock officials as sponsors during interrogation by the military authorities.
According to him, the Department of State Services (DSS) has tremendous information on terrorists but they can’t do anything except the body language of the President.