DSS Ex-Spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar Drags Agency, AGF To Court

Former spokesperson of the Department of State Service (DSS), Marilyn Ogar, has filed a suit before the National Industrial Court, Abuja, challenging her compulsory retirement from service in September 2015.

Ogar was retired along 14 other officers in 2015, seven years before she was due for retirement.

NAN reports that when the case came up for mention on Friday, the respondents’ counsel were not present in court.

The claimant’s counsel, Adeola Adedipe, informed the court that the defendants were served originating summon and hearing notice.

Adedipe said that although the defendants had entered conditional appearance, they did not file any counter processes within 14 days of service of the originating summon.

The judge, Justice Olufunke Anuwe, ordered that the defendants be served hearing notice and adjourned the case until June 25, for hearing

Orgar, wants the court to among other things, declare that her retirement was illegal and nullify her demotion from deputy director to assistant director.

Joined in the suit are the Attorney- General of the Federation and the Director-General of DSS

Mace Theft: Court Restrains Police, SSS From Arresting Sen. Omo- Agege

A Federal Capital Territory High Court has issued an order restraining the Nigeria Police and State Security Services, SSS from arresting Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.

This came after allegations that the Senator led the hoodlums who invaded the Senate chambers on Wednesday and carted away the mace.

The Police had based on the accusation, arrested and briefly detained the Senator but he was later released.

However, Mr Omo-Agege’s lawyers approached the court on Thursday seeking an interim injunction against further arrest or detention of the senator.

Senator Omo Agege’s team of lawyers led by Aliyu Umar, a Senior Avocate of Nigeria, asked for court’s protection for the embattled senator pending determination of a fundamental human rights case brought against the respondents.

The judge, Ishaq Bello granted the four-point prayers of the Senator and adjourned the matter to May 6.

The case is also reassigned to Court 30 for hearing.

Mr. Omo-Agege was suspended from the Senate on April 12 over his allegations that a bill for reordering of election sequence was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.

The senator later apologized to his colleagues after the Senate had directed its Ethics & Privileges Committee to investigate the matter.

The committee eventually recommended Mr Omo-Agege’s suspension.

However, on Wednesday, the suspended Senator resurfaced at the National Assembly, accompanied by some individuals who proceeded to take away the mace in a commando style.

DSS Arrests Kogi Kidnap Kingpin, Basalube, Others

The Department of State Services, DSS, on Tuesday arrested Lawal Mohammed (aka Buba) a major financier and armourer of the dreaded Basalube kidnap gang in Kogi state.

The notorious gangster was arrested by a joint team of the service and the military on March 23, at Japama in Obajana Local Government Area of the state.

DSS spokesman, Tony Opuiyo disclosed this in a press statement he made available to a select media houses in Abuja.

Other members arrested in the operation are Mohammed Tukur and Abubakar Ibrahim.

Tukur was said to be the Chief surveillance officer of the gang, coordinating the gang’s movement across the various states of Rivers, Edo, Delta, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kaduna, Kogi and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.

Items recovered are three (3) GSM phones and twenty-five (25) bottles of psychotropic inducers.

Also, on the same date, at lower Afesere, Ughelli North LGA, Delta State, Ali Abubakar, a notorious kidnapper and top ranking member of the same Basulube gang was also arrested.

He was arrested along with Abubakareem Idrisa, Bashir Uban Dawaki Tsoho, Sanusi Abubakar, Nuhu Muhammad and Abubakar Abdulhameed as he was perfecting plans to carry out kidnap operations in Obajana, Kogi State.

Finally, DSS Releases Detained INDEPENDENT Abuja Bureau Chief

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) about 10:30p.m on Tuesday released detained Tony Ezimakor, the Abuja Bureau Chief of Independent Newspapers.

Ezimakor was arrested on Wednesday, last week, by DSS over a publication on the payment of about $2 million ransom to Boko Haram for the release of 82 abducted Chibok girls.

Apparently embarrassed by the publication, the DSS invited and detained Ezimakor after harassing staff of Independent Newspapers at the Lagos office.

The DSS had insisted that he disclose sources of his information as a condition for his release. But Independent Newspapers had asked the DSS to go to court if it felt aggrieved with the publication.

We want to use this medium to thank local and international press, lawyers, civil society organisations, and well-meaning Nigerians for their efforts and solidarity during the period of detention of Tony Ezimakor.

DSS Detains Tony Ezimakor, INDEPENDENT’s Abuja Bureau Chief

The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested Tony Ezimakor, INDEPENDENT Newspapers’ Abuja Bureau Chief.

Ezimakor had walked into DSS headquarters in Abuja about 10.30a.m on Wednesday to honour an invitation from the security agency, but since then nothing had been heard from him.

All the management of INDEPENDENT newspapers could confirm was that as at 10p.m on Wednesday, Ezimakor had not been questioned about anything at all.

He was shunted from one office to the other, and was asked to wait for a particular officer who had been away from his office.

Unfortunately, Douglas Ekhator, Independent Newspapers’ lawyer, sent to assist Ezimakor was not allowed to see him even as late as 10p.m.

That the lawyer took food and water to him could not make the DSS to grant him access to the detainee.

Read the story he was arrested for: https://independent.ng/chibok-girls-swiss-mediated-deal-revived-boko-haram/amp/

 

Boko Haram: Lawal Daura Discloses How Release Of Kidnapped Victims Was Achieved

The Director-General of the department of state services, DSS, Lawal Daura has revealed that negotiations with Boko Haram was necessary for the release of the 10 women and lecturers of the University of Maiduguri who were recently released.

According to Daura, the negotiation was the easiest way to get the victims out safe. He said;

“We choose the path of negotiation because it was considered as the safest because any forceful attempt to rescue the victims could endanger their lives.

These negotiations took several months and the Department of State Services with the support of the external elements of the group in diaspora and support from friendly countries and liaising with International Community of the Red Cross, made the rescue possible.

The process was slow due to the problem of dealing with two different groups based in different locations at the same time. In addition, the negotiations took place mostly outside the country, though subsequently finalised in the theatre of operations.

The negotiations were mainly centred on an attempt at conflict mitigation which include the fate of arrested members of the insurgent groups especially, accepting to free by government those found not to be culpable in any criminal action.

Also, possible cessation of hostilities especially the attacks with IEDs on innocent civilians, worship centers, schools and other public places in return for temporary stoppage of air strikes by helicopter gunships.”

 

Journalist Battered By DSS Officer Petitions Agency

A Correspondent of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), who was allegedly brutalised by an official of Department of State Services (DSS) on February 17, has petitioned the agency.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Alambo Datonye, in a petition dated Feb. 20 addressed to the State Director of DSS in Bayelsa and copied to the Director-General of the Service, demanded apology for the assault.

Datonye, who is also the Chairman, Sports Writers’ Association of Nigeria (SWAN) in Bayelsa, stated in the petition that the unidentified DSS officer, had threatened to shoot him.

According to him, the officer punched him on the right eye and threatened to kill him. “I had gone to politely explain to one of the security personnel that the Journalists were duly accredited to cover the event and should be given access to perform their duties.

“But one of the two DSS personnel at the gate started pushing me after which he punched my right eye. “After assaulting me, he went further to cork his gun and threatened to kill me, screaming that he was a devil and could shoot me.

“Since that brutality was meted out to me, I have vomited a couple of times and currently having feverish feelings. “I am at the moment finding it difficult to see clearly with my right eye where the suspected Department of State Services personnel punched me.

“This is affecting my work on a daily basis and giving me a challenge in my day-to-day functions both at home and outside,” the petition read in part.

Datonye also demanded that the DSS official should be fished out and brought to book. He further demanded an unreserved apology from the DSS for the harassment of a law-abiding citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the discharge of his lawful duties.

In a reaction, the state NUJ Chairman, Mr. John Angese, described the attack as “barbaric, cruel and unfortunate in a democratic setting.” He urged the relevant authorities to investigate, arrest and prosecute the security official involved, to serve as a deterrent to other overzealous DSS officials. (NAN)

 

DSS Allegedly Arrest Man Over Girl’s Conversation To Christianity

The conversion from Islam to Christianity of one 19 year-old Miss Nabila Umar Sanda Galadima in Plateau State has lead to the arrest of a certain Simput Dafup who helped her with her conversion.

The 200-level student of Bingham University, Karu, Nasarawa State, was said to have met one Engineer Simput Dafup for the first time in Dubai. Dafup was on his way back to Nigeria from the United Kingdom. The two got talking and exchanged contacts.Said to have shown interest in Christianity, Nabila made her intention known to Dafup who asked how her father, Galadima Biu, would react.

According to Guardian, Nabila, was said to have replied that she was of age and could take decisions of her own. Uncomfortable, Dafup sought the advice of one Evangelist Jerry Datim.Addressing journalists at the NUJ press centre in Jos on Saturday, Datim said that, sensing the implication of the conversion for the cordial relationship between the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Jamatu Nasril Islam (JNI), he decided a discussion with leaders of Nabila’s religion was necessary.

Datim said he and Dafup met the JNI leadership alongside Nabila, with a view to avoiding a religious crisis.He said but while this was going on, detectives from the Department of State Security Service (DSS) stormed his house, assaulted his wife, daughter and eight-month-old baby, and whisked Nabila away.

“As I address you, we do not know the whereabouts of Engineer Simput Dafup and Daniel Hassan, the taxi driver whose vehicle Miss Nabila boarded from Abuja to Jos.“I want to state for the avoidance of doubt that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guarantees the right of anyone to propagate his faith and the right to also practice any religion of one’s choice. Miss Nabila told me she is 19 years old and therefore free to choose a religion for herself.

“I understand that her father has said he has all the connection in this country to deal with me, Engineer Dafup and any other person found to have converted his daughter to Christianity, and that he will ensure we rot in jail.

“I want to state here, without fear of contradiction, that Engineer Dafup, myself or any other person that has established any contact with Nabila, has breached any law of this land.” He challenged the DSS to produce Nabila “and place us side by side, so that they can ask her if she was forcefully converted to Christianity or abducted or brain washed. She is of age. Let her speak for herself on this matter. Let the whole world hear her.”

He said Dafup should be released forthwith. “In the event that his abductors insist on keeping him, wherever he is, I will begin to mobilise any moment after this press conference. They must not only release him immediately, they must ensure that he is in a good state of health. And the DSS must stop the harassment of members of my family or that of the family of Engineer Dafup or any other person allegedly involved in the conversion of Miss Nabila.”

Also narrating her ordeal to journalists at the briefing, the mother of Dafup, a widow, Mrs. Lydia Istifanus, said: “It has become compelling for me to address you in order to intimate you and members of the public that my son, Engineer Simput Eagles Dafup, a quiet gentleman per excellence, was on Monday, January 8, 2018, brutalised, tortured and whisked away from his residence in Jos by men we suspect were from the DSS for allegedly converting one Miss Nabila Umar Sanda from Islam to Christianity.”

Mrs. Dafup said the heavily armed men who arrived in five Hilux vehicles assaulted even passersby.She said: “It has become worrisome for me. As I address you, now, I do not know where my son is.”The JNI and the complainants were said to have visited the DSS office in Jos where officers kept sealed lips and directed all enquiries to the agency’s Abuja headquarters.

 

El-Zakzaky Speaks, Says I’m Fine

Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiite, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, told journalists in Abuja yesterday that he is fine.

El-Zakzaky was recently rumoured to have died in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) where he has been detained for about two years.

Text messages and WhatsApp messages were circulated alleging that El-Zakzaky died in custody caused by wounds suffered from gunshots during his arrest.

El-Zakzaky spoke to journalists’ yesterday afternoon at a safe facility in Abuja.

He reportedly walked towards the journalists in a white flowing gown with a turban.

The short conversation with the journalists was reported thus:

Journalist: Good afternoon, sir?

Sheikh Zakzaky: How are you? Journalist: Can we have a word with you? Sheikh El-Zakzaky: If they agree and allow me (He says so jokingly)

Journalist: How are you feeling now?

Sheik El-Zakzaky: I am feeling better. The security officers have allowed me to see my doctor, my personal doctor. I thank God, I am improving.

Journalist: Do you have anything to add.

Sheikh El-Zakzaky: I thank you for all your prayers

Journalist: Thank you sir

Sheikh ElZakzaky: Thanks (As he walks away)

Also speaking to journalists, a DSS official, Nnenna Nnochiri said: “In the last few days, two days to be particular, yesterday importantly, there was unfounded rumour which was spread across Nigeria that the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Shiek El-Zakzaky, passed on in the custody of the Service.

“As you can see in the last few minutes and you also interviewed him and he by himself pointedly told
you that he is okay.”

He added that, “every doubting Thomas across Nigeria and those who wanted to capitalise on the said rumour to cause trouble in Nigeria have seen that the man is alive. He’s on his feet, he is hale and hearty. He is up and doing, and you saw him with his wife.

“The fact is that some people wanted to take advantage of some developments in some parts of the country to further make trouble and mobilise the people to engage in untoward activities, which can impact negatively on the security, stability and order of the nation.

“The fact is that now that they have seen that the man is alive, now that they have seen that nothing happened to the man, it is our believe that such persons who ab ignitio, had planned to take advantage of such situations and who have seen that the rumour is unfounded should desist from any plan they must have put in place.

“Nigeria must remain very stable, Nigerians for us must trust the government and security agencies to provide enabling environment for citizens to pursue their legislate business,” he said.

Source: DAILY TRUST

Magu, Daura Appear Before Senate Panel

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu and the Director General of the DSS, Lawal Daura, are before a Senate panel to discuss the clash between EFCC and DSS officials.

The clash began when operatives of the EFCC attempted to arrest former head of NIA, Mr Ayo Oke, and the former DSS DG, Ita Ekpeyong on November 21.

It was gathered that the EFCC operatives had arrived at the official residences of the former heads of the agencies located at numbers 21 and 46, Mamman Nasir Street in Asokoro, Abuja to effect the arrest only to meet resistance by the operatives of the NIA and DSS.

Read Also: DSS, NIA Operatives Stop EFCC From Arresting Oke, Ekpeyong

Thereafter, the Senate on November 22 mandated an ad-hoc committee to investigate the cause of the incident and report back to it.

Subsequently, the EFCC stated that it had obtained two separate warrants from a court to arrest the former bosses, adding that it also got the permission of the court to search their residences.

Reacting to the situation afterward, the EFCC boss, Magu, said there is no going back on the plan to have the former heads of the security agencies arrested.

“We are not discouraged at all. The law must take its course, nobody is above the law,” he said.

Ekpeyong who served as the head of the DSS from 2010 to 2015, had been invited by the EFCC for his alleged role in the arms scam involving a former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retired), and other service chiefs who have since been arraigned.

Oke, on the other hand, was recently sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari over the N13 billion found in an Ikoyi, Lagos apartment, said to belong to the NIA.

DSS Prevents EFCC From Arresting Ekpeyong

Drama is currently playing out at the home of a former Director-General of the Department of State Services, Ekpenyong Ita, as men of the DSS are preventing operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from arresting him.
Our correspondent who is also at the scene, reports that EFCC operatives arrived at the scene around 11am with an arrest warrant.
The EFCC officials and armed policemen numbering over 50 attempted to enter the premises located at 46 Mamman Nasir Street,  Asokoro but the heavily armed DSS officials, some of which are wearing masks, refused to allow the EFCC men inside.
The DSS officials simply said they were acting on “orders from above”.
Ita has been under investigation for his alleged role in the disbursement of funds meant for arms.
While a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (Retd.) and other service chiefs have been arraigned,  the DSS has refused to release its own officials for probe.
The DSS and the EFCC have been at loggerheads for over a year which culminated in the DSS sending a report to the Senate not to confirm the acting Chairman of the EFCC,  Mr. Ibrahim Magu.