DSS reveals why Bayelsa journalist, Jones Abiri was detained for 2 years without trial

DSS reveals why Bayelsa journalist, Jones Abiri was detained for 2 years without trial

A counsel to the Department of State Services (DSS), G. O. Agbadua, has given reasons journalist, Jones Abiri was not given any trial for the two years he spent in detention. Abiri was arrested by the DSS in 2016 and accused of being the leader of the joint revolutionary council of the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force, a separatist group. Abiri, the publisher of Weekly Source Newspaper, was arraigned for the first time after two…

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DSS: Acting DG Seiyefa bows to presidency, recalls redeployed officers

DSS: Acting DG Seiyefa bows to presidency, recalls redeployed officers

The acting Director General of the Department of State Services, DSS, Mathew Seiyefa, has recalled officers he transferred out of the headquarters of the agency when he resumed office on August 1. This followed the directive by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who queried the DSS boss for carrying out reorganisation in the agency without clearance from the Presidential Villa. Eastern Reporter had reported that the presidency ordered Seiyefa to reverse…

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Southern, Middle Belt leaders speak on plan to reinstate sacked DSS DG, Daura

Southern, Middle Belt leaders speak on plan to reinstate sacked DSS DG, Daura

Southern and Middle-Belt Leaders’ Forum has warned against a plot by some Presidency officials allegedly led by Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, to remove Acting Director-General of the Department of State Services, DSS, Matthew Seyeifa from office. The forum spoke on Sunday in a statement co-signed by its spokespersons, Yinka Odumakin (South-West), Senator Bassey Henshaw (South-South), Prof. Chigozie Ogbu (South-East) and Dr Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt). The group stated that it would…

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Buhari weighs options as race for substantive DSS DG begins

Buhari weighs options as race for substantive DSS DG begins

President Muhammadu Buhari is considering confirming Mathew Seiyefa as the substantive Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) or appointing a new head, Eastern Rporter has gathered. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was in acting capacity while Buhari was in London, fired the former DG Lawal Daura. The sack followed the siege at the National Assembly by DSS operatives, a development which sparked outrage across the country and abroad. Prominent individuals, groups and members…

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Presidency gives details on Daura, NASS siege

Presidency gives details on Daura, NASS siege

The Presidency on Wednesday said the former Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Mr. Lawal Daura, who was dismissed last week, was being debriefed and was not under detention. Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, spoke on an Arsise TV programme anchored by Reuben Abati. Adesina explained that Daura, with a lot of security matters at his disposal, had to be properly debriefed before he can be totally freed. He said, “I wouldn’t call that…

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What DSS DG Seiyifa should do to Dasuki, others – Falana

What DSS DG Seiyifa should do to Dasuki, others – Falana

Human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), has again called on the acting Director-General of the Department of State Services, DSS, Matthew Seiyefa, to immediately release all illegally detained suspects which he claimed to be over 100. Falana said this in a letter addressed to the new DSS boss on Sunday. The activist advised Seiyefa to see his appointment as an opportunity to purge the DSS of the rot that characterised the Lawal Daura era. He…

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NASS invasion: Rights group places N3.5m bounty on principal actors behind siege

NASS invasion: Rights group places N3.5m bounty on principal actors behind siege

A civil rights organisation, Egalitarian Mission for Africa, EMA, has announced $10,000 (N3.5m) as reward for information on principal actors behind the invasion of the National Assembly by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS. The group said that anyone with credible information on the identity of the masterminds of the Tuesday’s siege to the National Assembly and is willing to disclose same will be paid the sum of money. DAILY POST reported that…

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NASS siege: How Lawal Daura betrayed Buhari – Sacked DSS boss’s ex-aide opens up

NASS siege: How Lawal Daura betrayed Buhari – Sacked DSS boss’s ex-aide opens up

Abdulwahab Abdulrahman, an ex-aide to the sacked Director General of the Department of State Services, DSS, Lawal Daura, has accused his former boss of extensive corruption. He portrayed him as a man who serially betrayed his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, for money. Daura was dismissed by the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday following unlawful invasion of the National Assembly by men of the security agency. Abdulrahman, who retired as a senior DSS official,…

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Full text of what Saraki, Dogara said at world press conference

Full text of what Saraki, Dogara said at world press conference

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara have restated their condemnation of the invasion of the National Assembly complex by men of the Department of State Services (DSS). A joint statement they issued Wednesday at a world press conference said they will continue to fight for the advancement of democracy in the country. Read full text of their joint statement below: 1. It is a matter of record that…

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Saraki hosts world press conference, commends Osinbajo for dismissing DSS DG

Saraki hosts world press conference, commends Osinbajo for dismissing DSS DG

Senate President Bukola Saraki this morning addressed a World Press Conference over the invasion of the National Assembly by DSS officials. Saraki condemned the siege laid by the DSS, saying it’s “an assault on democracy.” “It is a matter of record that yesterday, lawmakers and staff of the National Assembly were prevented from entering the National Assembly Complex by heavily armed security agents of the Department of State Services (DSS). All entries to the Complex were blocked. …

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