- The DSS has denied allegation levelled against it by a political group that it was tapping the telephone lines of Nigerians
- The security outfit said it is a responsible organisation which professionally adheres to the ideals of intelligence and security governance expected of it in a democracy
- Carriers of fake news and social media manipulators were warned against misleading the public
The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied tapping the telephone lines of Nigerians.
A political group had alleged that the DSS had tapped the telephone lines of Nigerians.
But Peter Afunanya, the public relations officer of the DSS, said in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja that the organisation was committed to its professional ideals and would not engage in unethical conduct.
He said the DSS had been criticised by unpatriotic citizens who fed the public with fake news and hate speeches against it.
The spokesman said that the social media had been awash with wrong information regarding the operations of the DSS that were misunderstood and misrepresented.
“It is obvious that some merchants of violence are determined to use their platforms to misinform the public for their selfish and political ends," he said.
He warned mischief makers against misleading the public, adding that the law would catch up with them.
“The DSS is a responsible organisation and thus professionally adheres to the ideals of intelligence and security governance expected of it in a democracy,” he said
Afunanya urged the public to disregard the claims of the political group. He said that the DSS should be left out of politics to maintain its usual transparency and neutrality in the discharge of its mandate.
The spokesman enjoined carriers of fake news and social media manipulators to always think of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the DSS reportedly invited some top officials of the INEC over the recently postponed general election that was said to have caught political parties unawares.
Some of those to be questioned, according to a report by Premium Times, include Chidi Nwafor, the director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Ken Ukeagu; Osaze Uzzi, the director of voter education and publicity and Bimbo Oladunjoye, the assistant director of ICT.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the DSS had summoned Okechukwu Ibeanu, a professor of political science and INEC’s operations and logistics.
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