DSS tackles ICPC over ‘illegal’ operations on Ex-VP Sambo’s residence


The Department of State Services (DSS) has expressed deep dismay and condemnation over the way some ‘impostors’, including other government agencies carry out illegal operations that are made to look like DSS operations.

Specifically, the DSS, in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday, mentioned the security operation carried out at the Kaduna residence of the former Vice President, Alhaji Namadi Sambo by operatives of the Independent Corrupt Practices (and other related offences) Commission (ICPC).

However, an official of the ICPC who felt alarmed by the DSS’ claims stated that there was never any need or decision to mimic DSS in any of its operations.

Nonetheless, the statement issued by DSS spokesman, Tony Opuiyo asserts that impersonation of its operatives is going on under the watchful eyes of some agencies, adding that members of the public should be on alert against such antics.

“The Department of State Services (DSS) has noted, with dismay and total condemnation, the activities of impostors including some security agencies who have continually engaged in illegal security operations, allegedly in the name of the Service, in parts of the country.

“These impersonators, in some instances, try to mimic the Service’s operational tactics by using its symbols and paraphernalia especially operational dress codes.

“The aim, according to information available to the Service, is to accord semblance of legitimacy to their operations and as well leave impressions that the DSS was, in fact, involved.

“An instance was the recent search which the DSS was falsely accused to have carried out at the Kaduna residence of the former Vice President, His Excellency, Namadi SAMBO. Another was the one executed at No.165, Ademola Adetokunbo, Wuse II, Abuja, belonging to Sahara Energy Company,” the DSS stated.

It accordingly urges citizens to complement DSS efforts to curb such illegal operations.

“Consequently, the public is hereby alerted to be wary of these ugly trends and also informed that not all operatives in black uniforms are personnel of the DSS.

“The Service is indeed not sparing any efforts to ensure that this is brought to a complete stop.

“In line with its standard operational procedures, the Service will, in the spirit of public accountability, always inform stakeholders of its activities on the basis of need-to-know principle.

“Persons and groups, with useful information about suspected illegal operations in any part of the country, are encouraged to avail same to the Service for prompt action,” the DSS stated.

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