Zakaa Lazarus, Abuja
The Department of State Services (DSS) has dismissed what it described as a “false online publication” authored by Adio Oluwole Bashir who claimed to be a former staff of the Service.
Bashir, in his publication online claimed to have led the DSS team that arrested the suspected killers of David Imoh, a sound engineer allegedly murdered on 12th May 2022 at Lekki, Lagos State.
He further alleged that the suspects who were of Hausa origin were exchanged with Christians.
Consequently, the DSS Spokesperson, Dr. Peter Afunanya in a statement issued in Abuja and made available to newsmen said, “Bashir is neither a serving nor retired staff on its roll. Besides, his writing style and use of paraphernalia gave him out as fake and an impostor. Findings have, however, revealed that his aim is to ignite an ethno-religious conflict. His co-conspirators are elements of separatist groups who are desirous of achieving the same objective as well as pitting security agencies against one another.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Command has issued an unambiguous statement on the entire episode. The Command’s clarification should guide public understanding of what actually transpired. Dragging the DSS which never participated in the operation at Lekki into his skewed account exposes the lies and intentions of Adio Oluwole Bashir and his cohorts.
“The DSS wishes to state that the write-up is completely false and frowns at the calculated effort to use its name for malicious purposes. It, therefore, requests the public to disregard the misleading narrative.
“The Service also warns those bent on throwing the country into violence to retrace their steps and give peace a chance. While it reaffirms its commitment to continue to work with sister agencies to ensure lasting peace in the country, it will also not hesitate to bring to book those determined to break the law.”