- The DSS has reacted to the alleged controversy surrounding the death of Sa’idu Afaka, the president’s official driver
- The security agency discredited reports which claimed that there was foul play regarding Afaka's death
- A spokesperson for the DSS explained why the allegations about the driver's death should be termed as fake news
The Department of State Services (DSS) has said a report alleging that its operatives tortured Sa’idu Afaka, the president’s official driver to death, is untrue.
Peter Afunanya, a spokesperson for the DSS in a statement on Wednesday, April 7, described the report as misleading, The Nation reported.
He said contrary to media reports, the driver was neither arrested by the service nor subjected to torture.
Afunanya explained that:
“The Department of State Services (DSS) denies the misleading news by Sahara Reporters that it tortured Sa’idu Afaka, the President’s official driver to death.
“While the said driver was never arrested or detained by the Service, it is a known fact that it does not torture suspects.''
According to PM News, he stated that the DSS upholds the tenets of the criminal justice administration system and democracy.
The spokesperson urged the public to disregard the unfounded allegations claiming that the president’s driver was tortured to death.
Legit.ng recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari's official driver, master warrant officer, Sa’idu Afaka, passed on Tuesday, April 6.
Afaka's death which happened at the State House Clinic on Tuesday after a prolonged illness was disclosed by a presidential media aide, Garba Shehu.
Shehu said President Buhari in a condolence message commiserated with the government and people of Kaduna, describing the late Afaka as an honest, capable, and reliable person who handled his job with utmost responsibility.
In another news, Chief Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) has described the appointment of Usman Alkali Baba as the new acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) as illegal and unconstitutional.
The senior lawyer faulted Baba’s appointment based on two key considerations: the Federal Character principle and the constitutional process of appointing a police chief.
He argued that the appointment contradicts the provisions of Federal Character as enshrined in the 1999 constitution, as amended.