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US-based Nigerian professor and Political columnist, Okey Ndibe allegedly detained by DSS before being allowed to board his flight
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US-based Nigerian professor and Political columnist, Okey Ndibe allegedly detained by DSS before being allowed to board his flight

US-based Nigerian professor and Political columnist, Okey Ndibe was allegedly detained by the DSS before being allowed to board his flight yesterday January 20.   Nigerian-born former Chief of Staff to the Board of Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, Maryland, (MCPS) USA, Ikhide Roland Ikheloa made the disclosure via a tweet he shared.   Ikhide first tweeted;   I understand that Professor Okey Ndibe has been prevented from boarding his flight to his family in the US, by Nigeria’s secret police. In a democracy. How is Okey even a threat to Nigeria’s security?     Serving an update on this, he wrote;   Update: “After detaining me for a bit, they handed back my passport and said, No vex(!). I’ve now boarded my flight. Tha...
DSS Uncovers Plots To Incite Religious Violence In Selected States In Nigeria
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DSS Uncovers Plots To Incite Religious Violence In Selected States In Nigeria

The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to alert the public about plans by some elements working with external forces to incite religious violence across the country. Targeted States include Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Plateaued, Rivers, Oyo, Lagos and those in the South East. Part of the plans is to cause inter-religious conflicts as well as use their foot soldiers to attack some worship centres, religious leaders, personalities, key and vulnerable points. Consequently, Nigerians are advised to be wary of these antics and shun all divisive tendencies aimed at inciting or setting them against one another. While the Service pledges to collaborate with sister agencies to ensure that public order is maintained, those hatching these plots are warned to desist from such in the interes...
We Won’t Allow Unpatriotic Elements Destroy Nigeria — DSS
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We Won’t Allow Unpatriotic Elements Destroy Nigeria — DSS

The Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi, has warned that they would not tolerate “unpatriotic elements” that want to take actions that will jeopardize national security, saying that that the service would ensure that the unity and corporate existence of the country remained sacrosanct. The DG, who spoke yesterday in Abuja at the graduation ceremony for participants of the Executive Intelligence Management Course at the National Institute for Security Studies, called on individuals and groups to join hands with security and other law enforcement agencies to enthrone peace and order in the country. Daily Trust on Sunday reports that a total of 50 participants drawn from the security and intelligence sector, para-military, and other agencies graduated f...
DSS Arrests Lawyer, Malcolm Rich­ard Omirhobo On One Man Protest At Abuja Villa Gate
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DSS Arrests Lawyer, Malcolm Rich­ard Omirhobo On One Man Protest At Abuja Villa Gate

A Lagos-based human rights lawyer and activist, Chief Malcolm Rich­ard Omirhobo, has been arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS). The arrest was effected at the Presidential Villa gate in Abuja when Omirhobo was on a one-man demonstration to register his displeasure over the recent killing of 43 farmers in Borno State by suspected Boko Haram in­surgents. The lawyer arrived at the Villa gate in company of some journalists about 9:00a.m, clad in a customised T-Shirt with the inscription, ‘Stop the Genocide He was whisked away by operatives of the service while granting a press inter­view. Omirhobo said he was at the Villa gate to see the pres­ident, Muhammadu Buhari, with the intention to express his bitterness over the grue­some murder of the farmer...
DSS Shuts Abuja School, Sacks 140 Teachers Over Request For Better Welfare
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DSS Shuts Abuja School, Sacks 140 Teachers Over Request For Better Welfare

For demanding better conditions of service and regularisation of their appointment, the Department of State Services has sacked 140 teachers and other staff members of its Community Staff Schools, Asokoro, Abuja. The service also shut down the institution and directed the 1,800 pupils in the nursery/primary and secondary classes to stay at home for two weeks. One of our correspondents, who visited the school on Wednesday, was informed by a private security guard at the gate that all the pupils had been sent away pending the engagement of new teachers by the authorities. Findings indicate that the primary school commenced pupil enrolment in 1992/93, while the secondary classes took off in 1998. Trouble began when the teachers demanded the regularisation of their appointment ...
Sultan Petitions IGP, DSS To Interrogate Bishop Onah Over Attacks On Muslims In South-East
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Sultan Petitions IGP, DSS To Interrogate Bishop Onah Over Attacks On Muslims In South-East

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, and the Department of State Services, alleging that Bishop Godfrey Onah of Nsukka Catholic Diocese instigated the recent attacks on Muslims in the South-East and South-South regions. NSCIA, under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alh. Sa’ad Abubakar III, told the IGP that it possessed evidence which indicted the Catholic Bishop in last Saturday’s assault on Muslims in Nsukka, Enugu State. The apex Muslim body, specifically alleged that some Christian bigots attacked Muslims in Nsukka and burnt their Mosque following a sermon delivered by Bishop Onah. The Sultan explained that the attacks intensified following his appeal to the security agencies on ...
DSS Denies Aiding Attacks On EndSARS Protester
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DSS Denies Aiding Attacks On EndSARS Protester

The Department of State Services, DSS has denied any involvement in aiding attacks on #EndSARS protesters. Below is a statement from the agency signed by its spokesperson, Peter Afunanya. "The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to the fake news making the round that its personnel are aiding pro-SARS supporters and thugs to attack #ENDSARS protesters in Abuja. Part of the untruth being spewed to the public is that some of its officials attached to certain VIPs aided thugs in this regard." "In view of the false accusations, no DSS personnel has, so far, been identified to be involved in the alleged acts. It begs the question to conclude that SUVs and persons dressed in suits and sighted in conflict environments are of the DSS. Fact is that no staf...
NSCDC Official Shoots DSS Operative Dead In Osun
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NSCDC Official Shoots DSS Operative Dead In Osun

how an operative of the Department of State Services (DSS), identified as Seyi Adebowale, was allegedly shot dead by an official of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC), Sunday Dada. The incident, was said to have happened at Kuta, in Ayedire Local Government Area of Osun State, during a function at the palace of Olowu Kuta, the traditional ruler of the town on Tuesday night, September 15. It was reported that Dada and his colleague, who were attached to the palace were shooting indiscriminately in a celebratory mood when a stray bullet hit the DSS officer. In a footage obtained by DAILY POST, the NSCDC officer, Dada lost control of his ammunition; the bullet smashed hard on the ground before it hit the DSS officer, Adebowale, who was passing by. https://youtu....
Edo 2020: DSS Arrests APC Supporter For Vote-Buying In Edo
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Edo 2020: DSS Arrests APC Supporter For Vote-Buying In Edo

An alleged Supporter of the All Progressives Congress, APC has been arrested by the Department of State Security, DSS for vote-buying. The suspect, seen wearing a white Polka dot shirt in the footage below was accused of vote-buying by the electorate at Esan North East LGA, Arue (Ward 03), Arue Primary School 1 (PU 004). Shortly after, DSS officials arrived the scene and whisked him away.
“I Am Ready To Perish” – Mailafia Honours Third Invitation From The DSS
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“I Am Ready To Perish” – Mailafia Honours Third Invitation From The DSS

A Former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr Obadiah Mailafia on Monday for the third time honoured the invitation from the Department of State Security (DSS). According to reports, Mailafia arrived the DSS headquarters at about 11am for another round of interrogation over an interview he granted that a sitting Governor in the north is a commander of the Boko Haram sect . The Former presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress, ADC, in the 2019 presidential election on arrival was cheered by hundreds of his supporters who stormed the DSS headquarters. Speaking with journalists on arrival, before honouring the DSS invitation, Mailafia said “I am ready to perish for speaking the mind of millions of Nigerians over the incessant killings of innocent citiz...
P&ID: Heads May Roll – Malami
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P&ID: Heads May Roll – Malami

Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, Tuesday, said all Nigerians complicit in the award of the gas supply and processing contract with Process & Industrial Development would not go scot-free. He said the contract was signed because some Nigerians were compromised. He said: “From the investigation, it became clear that there were local compromises,” he said. “The questions we asked was who are the characters involved in Nigeria? “It is only logical that when you are committing a nation to a contract that has economic implications, that due diligence must be done. “We have institutions like NIA, DSS, the police and Interpol that can conduct the due diligence. “But because the intention from the beginning was never for the contract to be executed, all the...
DSS, Police, Deny Inviting Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage For Questioning
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DSS, Police, Deny Inviting Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage For Questioning

The Department of State Security and the Lagos State Police Command have denied inviting any entertainer for questioning. Earlier today, a report went viral stating that the DSS and the Lagos State Police Command invited some popular celebrities concerning political statements they made on social media. Some of the celebrities reportedly quizzed by the law enforcement agencies were music producer, Don Jazzy, and singer Tiwa Savage who were said to have been invited to the Lagos office of the DSS for questioning. The report also said that they were later summoned alongside singers Yemi Alade and Waje by Zubairu Muazu who is said to be the Lagos State Commissioner of Police. Muazu is said to have warned the singers to steer clear of political comments so as to avoid the anger of ...
“What Is the Meaning Of Quizzes O” – Don Jazzy Reacts To The Report Of Being Quizzed By DSS
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“What Is the Meaning Of Quizzes O” – Don Jazzy Reacts To The Report Of Being Quizzed By DSS

Popular music producer, Don Jazzy has reacted to report of being "quizzed" by the DSS over his political statements against President Buhari. According to reports, the music producer shared a video on social media in which he was seen asking what "quizzes" means, while whistling in between. Recall some media outlets reported that the Don Jazzy was invited to the DSS office in Lagos state where he was warned to be mindful of the kind of posts he makes on social media, some of which are perceived to be against the Buhari-led government. The report further revealed that since the invitation, the music executive has toned down his activities on Twitter. See video below.
DSS Questions Don Jazzy And Tiwa Savage Over Political Statememts
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DSS Questions Don Jazzy And Tiwa Savage Over Political Statememts

Details have emerged on how Nigerian music producer, Michael Ajereh AKA Don Jazzy, and Tiwatope Savage popularly known as Tiwa Savage, were invited by the Police and DSS for questioning over alleged political utterances against the administration of President Muhamamdu Buhari. In recent months, following a sharp rise in sexual assault cases across Nigeria especially against women, Tiwa Savage began a movement known as “WeAreTired” in protest of the situation. Together with Don Jazzy, Savage was invited to the DSS office in Lagos two weeks ago during which they were warned to be careful with their posts on the social media. Shortly after that episode, the two celebrities together with colleagues Yemi Alade and Waje were summoned by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Mu...
DSS Reacts As IPOB Members Kill Two Officers, Reveals Next Move
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DSS Reacts As IPOB Members Kill Two Officers, Reveals Next Move

Members of the Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB reportedly attacked a patrol team of the Department of State Security Services, DSS on Sunday in Emene, Enugu state. According to a statement made available to POLITICS NIGERIA by the service, signed by its PRO, Dr. Peter Afunanya, Two DSS officials were killed in the attack. The statement read; "The DSS wishes to inform the public that its patrol team was, today, 23rd August 2020, attacked in Emene, Enugu State by members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)." "The Service lost two personnel in what was clearly an unprovoked violent attack launched by IPOB on the team. The Service hereby condoles with families of the departed officers and also prays for the repose of their souls." "However, all measures have b...
Obadiah Mailafia ‘Profusely Apologised’, Playing To The Gallery – DSS
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Obadiah Mailafia ‘Profusely Apologised’, Playing To The Gallery – DSS

The Department of State Services (DSS) on Friday said a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr Obadiah Mailafiya, is playing to the gallery and desperate to breach peace in the country. Mailafiya, had in a recent interview, alleged a Northern Governor was Commander of the Boko Haram terrorist group. He was subsequently invited by the Plateau State office of the DSS for questioning and later released. Public Relations Officer, National Headquarters, Abuja of the DSS, Dr Peter Afunanya, in a statement on Friday pointed out this was an indication of an earlier warning about desperate efforts by some notable personalities to use their exalted positions to cause total breakdown of law and order. Afunanya said Mailafiya had “profusely apologised” during ...
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DSS Releases Another Warning Alert Over Plot To Destabilize Nigeria

The Department of State Security Services, DSS has issued another statement alerting the general public to a sinister plot to destabilize Nigeria. The security agency, in a statement on Friday morning, disclosed that there are "desperate efforts by some notable personalities to use their exalted positions; take advantage of developments in the country and cause a total breakdown of law and order". The statement read; "On 27th July 2020, the Department of State Services (DSS) alerted the nation about desperate efforts by some notable personalities to use their exalted positions; take advantage of developments in the country and cause a total breakdown of law and order. It also revealed that part of the orchestrations was to engage in divisive acts as well as use inciting statemen...
DSS Arrests Mohammed Prince Momoh For Impersonating Buhari’s Chief Of Staff
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DSS Arrests Mohammed Prince Momoh For Impersonating Buhari’s Chief Of Staff

The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested a 42-year-old man, Mohammed Prince Momoh, for posing as an aide to the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, to defraud one Benson Aniogo of $50, 000. Momoh attempted to defraud Aniogu, claiming he represented Gambari and needed the said amount to secure an appointment for him as a Special Adviser to the President on Oil and Gas. Public Relations Officer, DSS National Headquarters, Abuja, Dr Peter Afunanya, who paraded the suspect, an indigene of Kogi State, on Tuesday, said their investigations revealed that Momoh and his group never acted on behalf of or for the Chief of Staff. Afunanya said the suspect had approached Aniogu, from Bayelsa State, telling him he was a security aide attached to Gambari. Momoh had ...
Garba Shehu’s memory has failed him, we rejected the request for Sowore to beg Buhari – Falana
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Garba Shehu’s memory has failed him, we rejected the request for Sowore to beg Buhari – Falana

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and counsel to Omoyele Sowore, has fired back at presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu for saying his client lied about the mission of a delegation led by the late Ismaila Isa Funtua, an ally of the president who visited him while in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).   Falana who accused Shehu of attempting to distort the proceedings of the meetings, recalled how he and other patriots teamed up in 2006 to campaign for the release of Shehu, who was the spokesperson of former Vice-President Atiku Abukakar at that time.   According to him, the presidential spokesperson was detained by the DSS State and charged with the offence of  “obtaining, reproducing and keeping classified material” in contravention of ...
“APC Edo Primaries Remain Postponed” – Giadom Writes INEC, DSS
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“APC Edo Primaries Remain Postponed” – Giadom Writes INEC, DSS

The factional acting national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Victor Giadom has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to disregard the ongoing party primaries in Edo state. Giadom claims that the party has not inaugurated any committee for the elections. He advised the electoral body not to offer any form of support to the factional primaries committee under the leadership of Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma. MCI has a copy of the letter. Read Below;
Police, DSS, INEC Deployed In Edo For APC Shadow Poll
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Police, DSS, INEC Deployed In Edo For APC Shadow Poll

Edo State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary will hold today in the 192 wards across the 18 local government areas. Two aspirants – Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Dr. Pius Odubu – are participating in the direct primary election, which a Court of Appeal in Benin on Thursday technically cleared to hold. Ize-Iyamu, the 2016 governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defected to APC in December and was on May 21, cleared by the ruling party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to contest the shadow election. Odubu served as deputy governor in Adams Oshiomhole administration. Chairman of the seven-member Governorship Primary Election Committee, Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma, said on Sunday that not more than 18 persons would be allowed into the v...
Government burns down house belonging to kidnapper in Cross River
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Government burns down house belonging to kidnapper in Cross River

A house belonging to an alleged Kidnapper in Calabar South Local Government Area of Cross River State has been set ablaze by agents of the state government. The suspected kidnapper, Edet Effiong Nyong was reported to have been among the suspects declared wanted by the state government. The team who set the building ablaze was led by the State Security Adviser, South, Mr Ani Esin alongside DSS, Anti-Cultism and Kidnapping Squad and other stakeholder, Daily Post reports. The building which is located at Esiere Ebom Street in Calabar South local government area of the state was burnt on Saturday. It was learned that the suspect was responsible for the kidnap of the father of the former Director of DSS and he was also the brain behind the kidnap of a relative of the former De...
EFCC Arrests Fake DSS Officer for allegedly Stealing from Mauritanian
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EFCC Arrests Fake DSS Officer for allegedly Stealing from Mauritanian

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes have arrested a fake DSS official identified as Boniface Oburuku over the theft of a handbag belonging to an international guest from the Republic of Mauritius. The 32-year-old man stole the bag which contained the lady's two Samsung mobile phones, an international passport, United States Dollars, Nigerian and Mauritian currencies at an event organised by the EFCC to mark the National Democracy Day and Anti-Corruption Summit at Transcorp Hilton Hotel on June 11, 2019. Oburuku who has been on the Commission’s watch list since last year, was arrested in Lagos few days ago. Prior to his arrest, intelligence revealed that he was constantly on the move from Mpape area of the FCT to Jabi and later to Gwagwalada, all in the FCT. The sta...
DSS Confirms Alteration in Bayelsa Deputy Governor’s Certificate
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DSS Confirms Alteration in Bayelsa Deputy Governor’s Certificate

  The Department of State Service (DSS) on Monday June 1, confirmed an alteration in the exemption certificate issued by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Lawrence Oborawharievwo Ewhrudjakpo. This is coming after the candidate of the Liberation Movement (LM) in the November 16, 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa, Vijah Opuama petitioned the tribunal, alleging that Ewhrudjakpo submitted forged exemption certificate and documents that contain false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the election. Abdulsalam Ibrahim, DSS Head of Legal Department who represented DSS’ Director General, told the Bayelsa State Governorship Election Tribunal in Abuja that the alteration was uncovered f...
Sim Card: Anthony Okolie Gives DSS 24 Hours To Pay ₦10 Million Damages
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Sim Card: Anthony Okolie Gives DSS 24 Hours To Pay ₦10 Million Damages

Delta- based trader, Anthony Okolie, has written a letter to the Department of State Services demanding the payment of N10 million to him as ordered by a Federal High Court in Asaba last week . Justice Nnamdi Dimgba had last week ordered the DSS to pay Okolie N 10m for illegally detaining him for 10 weeks after purchasing a SIM card previously owned by the President’s daughter , Hanan Buhari. In a letter addressed to the Director - General of the DSS , Yusuf Bichi , the trader said a cheque of N 10 million must be issued to him within 24 hours. The letter, dated May 21, 2020, was signed by Okolie’ s lawyer, Tope Akinyode. In a copy of the letter sighted by MCI, one Mafala acknowledged and received it on behalf of the DSS . The letter read in part, “ We have been instructed by our ...
SIM Card: Court Awards N10M Against DSS, Absolves Buhari’s Daughter
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SIM Card: Court Awards N10M Against DSS, Absolves Buhari’s Daughter

A Federal High Court in Asaba has awarded N10m in damages against the Department of State Services for illegally detaining a trader, Anthony Okolie, for 10 weeks without charge. Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, however, struck out the prayer requesting the President’s daughter, Hanan Buhari, and telecoms company, MTN, to pay N500m.Dimgba delivered his judgement on Thursday. Okolie, had sued the President’s daughter as well as the DSS and MTN over his 10-week detention after purchasing a SIM card previously owned by Hanan. In a suit filed on his behalf by human rights lawyer, Tope Akinyode, the applicant sued all parties for N500m jointly and separately. The suit, with number FHC/ASB/CS/3/2020, sought an order to “compel the respondents (DSS, Hanan and MTN) jointly or severally to pay the...
We Didn’t Kill Buhari’s Attacker in Kebbi – DSS
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We Didn’t Kill Buhari’s Attacker in Kebbi – DSS

The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied killing President Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged attacker at Argungu, Kebbi State. DSS denial was contained in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Dr Peter Afunanya. It said the suspect, one Mohammed Jammil Guddare, made a futile attempt to have an unauthorized handshake with the President. The DSS said Guddare was arrested by security operatives for thorough investigation. The Service also said they have reviewed the video of the incident and are taking measures against its personnel found to have been negligent in their duties. The statement read, “The Department of State Services wishes to dismiss reports making the rounds that presidential details killed the intruder that tried to break the se...
An Open Letter To MTN With Regards To Their Recycling Of Numbers
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An Open Letter To MTN With Regards To Their Recycling Of Numbers

Dear MTN.. I am going to be very brief on this, but I would make my points very clear. You people had been doing “recycling of numbers” of innocent Nigerians who had not used their lines for up to one year or more, and the only remedy you guys put in place was to introduce a service known as “Keep My Line”, which you guys did not even sensitize the citizens on or make popular enough, and as a result, lots of the helpless Nigerian citizens did not even know about this service. This had cause a lot of people to loose their precious numbers just like that, only because they had the opportunity of travelling abroad for some jobs or for studies, or maybe for one serious reason or another had a good cause to temporarily abandon their main lines for more than one year.. MTN, you gu...
Presidency Ordered Probe Of Anthony Okolie Using Hanan Buhari’s Old Line – DSS
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Presidency Ordered Probe Of Anthony Okolie Using Hanan Buhari’s Old Line – DSS

The Department of State Services has said the Presidency ordered the investigation of a trader, Anthony Okolie, who was using a telephone line previously owned by the President’s daughter, Hanan Buhari. The DSS said this in a counter-affidavit in response to the originating motion filed by Okolie. The DSS position seems to be at variance with that of Hanan who had said in her own counter-affidavit that she never reported any case to the agency. Okolie, who was detained for 10 weeks by the DSS, dragged the DSS and the President’s daughter as well as MTN Nigeria before a Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State. The applicant is seeking N500m in damages for his ordeal. In a counter-affidavit deposed to by one S.M Kayode on behalf of the DSS, the agency said it had the righ...
Corps Member Arrested by DSS for Impersonation
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Corps Member Arrested by DSS for Impersonation

A 26-year-old corps member, Oluwatosin Medaiyese has been arraigned before an Osun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo for alleged impersonation. Medaiyese was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), after reportedly presenting himself as Hon. Justice Jimoh Aliyu to the Zonal Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Emmanuel Attah, with an intent of fraudulently securing the posting of Corps members to their desired places of primary assignment. The charge against him read; “That you Oluwatosin Medaiyese “M” on or before 30th January 2020 at Osogbo did falsely represent yourself as Hon. Justice Aliyu Jimoh to Emmanuel Attah Southwest Zonal Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) with the intent of fraudulently secur...
Hanan Buhari Denies Ordering DSS To Arrest, Detain Okolie Over SIM
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Hanan Buhari Denies Ordering DSS To Arrest, Detain Okolie Over SIM

Okolie dragged Hanan, MTN and DSS before a Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State, over the enforcement of his fundamental human rights Hanan, daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, has said that she did not instruct the Department of State Services to arrest Anthony Okolie, a businessman based in Delta State, who was unlawfully detained for 10 weeks for using an MTN SIM card previously used by her. Okolie dragged Hanan, MTN and DSS before a Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State, over the enforcement of his fundamental human rights. On February 12, 2020 when the matter was heard before Justice Dimgba, Hanan did not oppose Okolie's claims contained in an affidavit. Upon an enquiry by the judge, who was visibly surprised that Hanan did not react to the allegations, her ...
Hijack Of Luxury Buses Along Lokoja-Okene Road Is Fake News – DSS
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Hijack Of Luxury Buses Along Lokoja-Okene Road Is Fake News – DSS

The Department of State Services has denied social media reports claiming Boko Haram has stormed the Middle Belt including the Federal Capital Territory , Abuja, or heading for the South to wreak havoc . The DSS said the “ alleged hijack of the luxury buses belonging to three major transport companies on the Lokoja -Okene Road ” by criminals was fake news. Spokesman for the agency, Peter Afunanya , said in a statement on Friday that the reports had been in circulation since 2013 , adding they were making efforts to apprehend those behind the reports. He said , “ Another misleading report relates to the alleged hijack of luxury buses of three major transport companies on the Lokoja - Okene Road by persons suspected to be championing an ethnic agenda . “ The alert purportedly issued ...
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Justice Abang Orders EFCC, DSS To Arrest Igbere TV Boss, Emeh James Anyalekwa

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered for the arrest of Emeh James Anyalekwa, publisher of Igbere TV News and National President, Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN). The order followed a publication by Nigerian Concord, claiming the court had concluded plans to jail at all cost, a former Benue governor Gabriel Suswam, who is standing trial over alleged N3.1 billion fraud. The newspaper had alleged on February 1 that Justice Abang, who is presently presiding over the trial of Suswam, had prior contact with the prosecution team and some All Progressives Congress (APC) officials in respect to the case. Igbere TV had republished the story on its website the following day February 2, while also giving full credits to the online pla...
President Buhari’s Daughter, Hanan, Making Efforts To Evade Being Served Court Process
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President Buhari’s Daughter, Hanan, Making Efforts To Evade Being Served Court Process

President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hanan, is making frantic efforts to avoid being personally served court processes, SaharaReporters has learnt. Hanan is a defendant in suit number FHC/ASB/CS/3/2020 at the Federal High Court, Asaba, in which the Department of State Services and mobile telecommunication company MTN are co-defendants. The defendants are being sued by a young businessman, Anthony Okolie, who was illegally arrested and detained for 10 weeks at the DSS facility for lawfully purchasing an MTN SIM card, which was recycled and sold after being abandoned for two years by Hanan. The story has since generated public backlash with a more recent development of Aso Villa officials barring court bailiff from personally serving Hanan court processes. The Presidency throu...
DSS Arrests Student Over Anti-Buhari Articles
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DSS Arrests Student Over Anti-Buhari Articles

Human rights lawyer , Mr Inibehe Effiong, says the Department of State Services has arrested his client who is also a campus journalist , Ayoola Babalola, for allegedly publishing articles critical of the President, Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari ( retd. ) , and All Progressives Congress chieftain , Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Effiong made the allegation during a chat with Sunday PUNCH . He explained that Babalola , a student of Mass Communications at Gateway Polytechnic , Abeokuta , was the editor of a campus newspaper known as “ GAMPOSA Trumpet”. In the 2019 edition of the newspaper in November 2019, the newspaper published an article titled , “President Buhari does not believe in Nigeria ” which was written by Apostle Alfred Tseye- Okotie . In the article , it was stated that the Bu...
I No Fit Love Any Nigerian Woman Again After Wetin I Taste – Isa
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I No Fit Love Any Nigerian Woman Again After Wetin I Taste – Isa

26 year old Isa Sulaiman Panshekara wey wan marry 46 year old American citizen Janine Sanchez tell BBC for exclusive interview say e no fit love any Nigerian woman again after wetin e don taste. "Di truth be say our women no sabi wetin be true love, it is either dem dey eye somthin or dem get plans but if white woman tell you say she love you, bros she mean am from di bottom of her heart." Di former barber say fear catch am small after Hisbah and DSS invite am go dia office but say na just advice dem give as per say media just dey carry im news anyhow. Di couple first meet for Instagram about one year ago. "We meet after i start to follow her for instagram and if she post pishure i go like am, den afta small time I come see say some Yahoo boys dey try scam her, so I send her me...
DSS: Fear Of Buying Re-allocated SIM Grips Mobile Subscribers
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DSS: Fear Of Buying Re-allocated SIM Grips Mobile Subscribers

Mobile subscribers in the country are now wary of acquiring new Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards as the possibility of such being a re-allocated number are high. This follows the recent ordeal of one Anthony Okolie, who spent 10 weeks with the Department of State Services (DSS) for purchasing a SIM previously used by one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughters, Hanan. Some mobile subscribers, who spoke with our correspondent following the development, expressed fear that anybody could fall victim of such situation as SIM re-allocation is a common practice by mobile network operators. Aside what could happen in a situation like that of Okolie, they fear that a new SIM, which might be a re-allocated one, might have been used earlier by a criminal who is wanted by securit...
SIM Card: Anthony Okolie drags Hanan Buhari, DSS to court, Demands N500m
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SIM Card: Anthony Okolie drags Hanan Buhari, DSS to court, Demands N500m

A trader, Anthony Okolie, who was arrested by the Department of State Services and detained for 10 weeks, has sued the DSS for N500m. Okolie, in a suit filed before the Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State, by his lawyer, Tope Akinyode, also demanded N500m from Hanan Buhari, the daughter of the President, Major General Muhammadu (retd.), as well as a telecommunications company, MTN. The suit, with number FHC/ASB/CS/3/2020, is seeking an order to “compel the respondents (DSS, Hanan and MTN) jointly or severally to pay the applicant the sum of N500,000,000 only as general and aggravated damages for the gross and unlawful violation of the applicant’s right to acquire moveable properties, freedom of movement and self dignity.” The 33-year-old man said in a supporting affidavit...
Why Man Was Arrested By DSS For Using Buhari’s Daughter’s Line
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Why Man Was Arrested By DSS For Using Buhari’s Daughter’s Line

A man, Anthony Okolie, who was recently released from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) was allegedly using a phone number that belonged to President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hanan, to defraud unsuspecting persons, a reliable security source disclosed to The Nation at the weekend. A reliable source revealed to that the number belonged to Hanan, but after not using it for a while, the number got dormant was reassigned as is the usual practice with mobile service providers. The source revealed that Okolie, who eventually got the line on realising who the previous owner is, due the the calls he was receiving, decided to use it to make money for himself. It was learnt he used female accomplices to pretend to be the president’s daughter and extort money from...
Northern Youths Kick Against Amotekun, Call On President Buhari To Scrap It
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Northern Youths Kick Against Amotekun, Call On President Buhari To Scrap It

The Northern Youths Council of Nigeria on Thursday kicked against the formation of ‘Operation Amotekun’ in the Southwest geopolitical zone of the country. According to the NYCN, the security outfit inaugurated in Ibadan on Thursday is the “military wing” of the Oodua Peoples Congress. It added that the newly established security outfit is in the league of the proscribed Independent Peoples of Biafra. National President of NYCN, Alhaji Isah Abubakar, in a statement issued in Kaduna, urged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), not to allow what he described as “unconstitutionality” to prevail. Abubakar said, “Amotekun Group in Southwest is OPC Military wing in disguise and in the same league with the proscribed IPOB. The President must not allow this unconsti...
Hanan Buhari’s Sim Card Made DSS Detain Me For 10 Weeks – Anthony Okolie
Interviews

Hanan Buhari’s Sim Card Made DSS Detain Me For 10 Weeks – Anthony Okolie

In this interview with ENIOLA AKINKUOTU, businessman, Anthony Okolie, speaks on his 10-week ordeal in the custody of the Department of State Services after purchasing a Sim card that was once used by Hanan, the daughter of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) There are online reports about your ordeal in the custody of the Department of State Services. Can you narrate in detail what happened? In December 2018, I bought a SIM card, I registered and started using it. I did not buy it from a third party. I bought the SIM pack from the roadside and I was issued a receipt. I registered the SIM and my biometric data was captured. So why were you arrested? I am based in Asaba, Delta State. I had a business meeting with somebody and we were supposed to go to Onitsha, A...
DSS Detains Man For Using Sim Card Previously Used By Buhari’s Daughter
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DSS Detains Man For Using Sim Card Previously Used By Buhari’s Daughter

Operatives of Nigeria’s Department of State Service allegedly arrested and detained a man Anthony Okolie for purchasing a sim card that was previously used by Hannan, a daughter of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari. Okolie told The Guardian on Monday that he bought the MTN mobile phone sim card in 2018, two years before his arrest. He was arrested on Monday, July 22 at Nnedisi Road, Asaba, Delta State. Okolie was taken to Abuja by the DSS operatives and was kept in custody until his release in December 2019. Efforts to get DSS reaction to the allegation proved abortive as phone calls and a text message to its spokesman Peter Afunanya were not immediately responded to. Narrating Okolie’s ordeal, his lawyer Tope Akinyode said Okolie was detained for over 15 weeks by opera...
DSS Invites Campus Journalist For Publishing Content On Sowore, School Demotes Supervising Lecturer
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DSS Invites Campus Journalist For Publishing Content On Sowore, School Demotes Supervising Lecturer

The Department of State Services has invited editor of a campus newspaper at Gateway ICT Polytechnic, Ogun State, Ayoola Babalola, for interrogation over the publication of certain contents on Omoyele Sowore. The campus newspaper had recently published articles demanding good governance and obedience to rule of law in Nigeria. Some of the articles published include: 'Will EFCC investigate Chief Bola Tinubu?', 'Sowore: An equal opportunity offender', and 'President Buhari does not believe in Nigeria'. Rector of the polytechnic, Mr I.K. Oyeyinka, who describes himself a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, said the institution was apologetic to the APC, adding that the published items was against the interest of the party. Oyeyinka went ahead to demote the su...
Dasuki Pictured With His Family After 4 Years In Detention
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Dasuki Pictured With His Family After 4 Years In Detention

Former National Security Adviser to ex -President, Goodluck Jonathan, Sambo Dasuki, returned to his Abuja home 9pm Tuesday night after a 4-year incarceration. Dasuki had been in the Department of State Services’ (DSS) detention since December 29, 2015. Once he arrived at his residence he observed some moment of privacy. “The first thing he did was to pray. He went into a private mode and was there for several minutes. After that, he embraced every one in the house”, our source said. Dasuki was surrounded by his wife, children, relatives and some close associates. The atmosphere was very emotional as many cried at the sight of the retired colonel. “Dasuki remains strong; you know how military men are. He was actually the one comforting others, telling them to stop crying”, the source ...
Ondo Pastor arrested over missing child sues DSS, demands N100 compensation
Religion

Ondo Pastor arrested over missing child sues DSS, demands N100 compensation

Just after his church, Sotitobire Miracle Centre in Akure, Ondo State, was set ablaze by an angry mob over claims that the corpse of a one-year-old boy, Eniola Kolawole, who went missing on November 10 during a service at the place had been dug out from a section of the auditorium, Pastor Alfa Babatunde has dragged the Department of State Services to a Federal High Court sitting in Akure, over his arrest and continued detention by the secret police. Babatunde in the suit filed by his counsel, Akinyemi Omoware, said his continued detention by the DSS without being charged to court was an abuse and violation of his fundamental human rights. He noted that he had been arrested for over eight days and had remained in leg chains in DSS custody without food. Joined in the suit filed ar...
I Can’t Tell DSS To Release Sowore – Attorney General, Abubakar Malami
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I Can’t Tell DSS To Release Sowore – Attorney General, Abubakar Malami

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Monday, December 16th indicated that he could not ask the Department of State Service to release Omoyele Sowore from custody. The minister said in the statement that he could not take a unilateral decision on the release of Sowore without recourse to the court, where the ‘RevolutionNow’ protests convener and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, are being prosecuted on charges of treasonable felony, among others. This is contained in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Gwandu, who stated that Malami was reacting to “the claim that a lawyer sent a letter to the AGF requesting the release of Mr. Sowore”. The statement appeared to be a veiled reference to the lette...
We Have To Respect The Rule Of Law – Ahmad Lawan
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We Have To Respect The Rule Of Law – Ahmad Lawan

Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government to obey the rule of law to the fullest. Lawan made the call while fielding questions from newsmen on Monday in Abuja, an event that was covered by Igbere TV correspondent. Speaking on the repeated violations of the rule of law by President Buhari, the Senate President said Nigerians should not suffer unduly for a crime they are not guilty of. This is coming at a time the Buhari administration has been accused of disrespecting the rule of law in the trial of Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement. Sowore, SaharaReporters publisher has been in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), despite been granted bail by courts. On December 9, 2019, DSS operativ...
Sowore: AGF Malami Orders DSS To Hands-Off Trial, Takes Over Case-file
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Sowore: AGF Malami Orders DSS To Hands-Off Trial, Takes Over Case-file

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has ordered the Department of State Service, DSS, to hands-off the prosecution of detained pro-democracy activist and convener of RevolutionNow Protest, Omoyele Sowore. The AGF, in a statement that was made available to newsmen by his media aide, Dr Umar Gwandu, on Friday, said he directed the security agency to forward the case file in respect of charge pending against Sowore before the Federal High Court in Abuja, to his office. Malami further directed the Federal Ministry of Justice to immediately take over the prosecution of all charges against Sowore, in line with the provisions of Sections 150(1) and 174 (1) (a-c) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). He said the Federal Government was...
Senate Probes DSS Court Invasion
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Senate Probes DSS Court Invasion

The Senate has mandated its committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to investigate Friday’s invasion of a federal high court and rearrest of the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, by operatives of the State Security Service (SSS). This comes almost a week after the incident. Nigerians have criticised the lawmakers for failing to react and address the issue. The chairman of the Senate committee on Judiciary and Human Rights and Legal Matters, Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti Central), raised the matter during plenary on Thursday. He came under Order 43 of the Senate Standing Rule. Order 43 allows for a lawmaker to raise and issue but prohibits other lawmakers from making contributions or debating the said issue. He said the “alleged” invasion of the court...
DSS Invites Danlami Nmodu, Newsdiary Online Publisher Over Investigative Story
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DSS Invites Danlami Nmodu, Newsdiary Online Publisher Over Investigative Story

Newsdiary online Publisher Danlami Nmodu The hierarchy of the Department of State Services (DSS) has invited the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newsdiary online, Danlami Nmodu, to the headquarters of the Agency in Abuja for questioning. A DSS operative who called Danlami by telephone on Wednesday morning, said the invitation was with respect to a story recently published on the Kano Ecological Fund projects. He was asked to come either Wednesday or Thursday morning. It could be recalled that Newsdiary online had published a story, titled, “Diplomatic backlash, legal tussle loom as FG dumps German firm over Kano Project”. After publishing the story, the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, made further facts available through a rejoinder...