Nigeria: Claim of seizure of arms, cash from ex-SSS DG is fake news-DSS
London, August 13, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The Department of State Security Service, DSS has dismissed news that, Twenty One Billion Naira (N21bn) cash; 400 assorted and sophisticated small arms and light weapons/rifles; and thousands of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) belonging to Niger Republic immigrants were recovered from the immediate past DG of the service.
Social media have been awash with pictures and videos of cash and ammunition purportedly seized from the house of Lawal Daura, the dismissed DG of the SSS. Now the agency said such materials are the handiwork of fake people
According to the release by the service spokesperson, Tony Opuiyo, the news is not only fake but malicious and should therefore be disregarded.
The full release below:
The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to the circulation of fake information and videos in which several items were said to have been recovered from the Katsina and Abuja homes of its immediate past Director General, Lawal Daura.
These non-existent items include:
Twenty One Billion Naira (N21bn) cash;
400 assorted and sophisticated small arms and light weapons/rifles; and
Thousands of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) belonging to Niger Republic immigrants.
2. In another video also in circulation, some persons believed to be personnel of a security outfit were seen forcing open safes stocked with money. The security operatives were described as executing a recovery operation at the Katsina home of the former DGSS.
3. Consequently, the Service wishes to inform the public that these videos are false and should be disregarded. So far, no such recovery operations have been undertaken by the EFCC or any other security agency at DSS’ office or residences of the former DG.
4. There is no doubt that different interests have continued to give varied accounts of the incident of last week at the National Assembly. It may, however, be recalled that the Presidency had pledged to carry out a detailed investigation regarding the alleged National Assembly siege. The public is, therefore, advised to exercise restraint in their narration of events and as such, desist from spreading fake news or engaging in activities that may mislead or further cause a breach of the peace as well as preempt the outcome of investigations.
Department of State Services,
13th August, 2018