- Critics of DSS have been urged by the Presidential Support Committee to allow the security outfit carry out its job
- This was in reaction to calls by Atiku Abubakar for an independent probe of operatives of the DSS who tried to rearrest Sowore in court
- The group disapproved of the confrontational manner in which some activists are playing politics with the country’s security system to verbally attack the DSS
Former vice president Atiku Abubakar and other Nigerians criticising the Department of State Services (DSS) for rearresting Omoyele Sowore, the convener of RevolutionNow protest, have been urged by the Presidential Support Committee (PSC) to allow the security agency do its job within the ambit of the law.
The group, in a statement issued on Saturday, December 7, by its director of communication and strategic planning, Mallam Gidado Ibrahim, said nobody is above the law, Leadership reports.
The DSS operatives had on Friday, December 6, stormed the Federal High Court in Abuja to rearrest Sowore and Olawale Bakare.
The action of the security agents has been greeted with criticisms as many have called on President Buhari to sack the DSS boss.
“Nobody is above the country’s laws. The opposition should allow the Department of State Services (DSS) do its job. The DSS has the right to appeal any judgement up to the supreme court and that includes the ruling of the court which granted bail to Sowore.
"Nobody should play bastardised politics just because he has approved to destroy democracy and its dividends Nigerians are enjoying from the fight against corruption and insecurity,” Ibrahim noted. The PSC maintained that the director-general of the DSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, is a law-abiding citizen, and under him, the agency has maintained the highest regard for the laws of the land and would not do anything to undermine law and order," the statement read.
The PSC said the criticism against the rearrest of Sowore amounts to playing politics with the country’s security system.
The group advised critics to let the law take its course instead of making certain derogatory remarks.
“It amounts to gross politicisation of the country’s security for some self-acclaimed critics to attack the DSS," Ibrahim added.
According to Ibrahim, the DSS under the leadership of Yusuf Bichi is not a lawless agency. He said the agency will never obstruct justice or disobey court orders.
He begged Nigerians to leave political sentiments out of the security system, saying: "It is quite unfair to pick holes in the operations of the DSS because from available records, certain conditions for Sowore’s release have not been met."
Meanwhile, the DSS has explained why it rearrested Sowore. The security outfit said he was rearrested in Abuja for carrying out acts inimical to national security.
Legit.ng reported earlier that the spokesperson for the service, Peter Afunanya, said Sowore, shortly after being released from custody based on a court order, resorted to acts inimical to security which prompted his re-arrest.
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