Emefile: We are Aware Of Plans To Blackmail Tinubu's Government – DSS.

By Mohammed Bello Doka. 
The department of state services in a statement signed by its public relations officers says it is aware of plans by some individuals to sponsor protests in some parts of Abuja and Lagos in Oder to blackmail the government and the DSS over the arrest of the former Central Bank Governor Mr. Godwin Emefile. 

The department further warns the sponsors, instigators, and planners of the said plans to be mindful and beware that they were under strict surveillance by the DSS and the service will not condone any act that will hit up the polity. 

The full statement below. 

“The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified persons and groups planning to stage campaigns of calumny against it and the Government over the suspension and investigation of Mr. Godwin Emefiele. Such groups intend to gather at different points in Abuja and Lagos in the coming week with placards depicting the Service and Government in bad light, as well as calling for the immediate release of Emefiele. The Service is, therefore, aware of a cheap propaganda aimed at demotivating and distracting it from professionally executing the onerous responsibilities assigned to it. 

It has also noted the misleading commentaries, speculative narratives, storylines, and videos being circulated in the social media by uninformed parties, critics and/or desperadoes. It is mindful of orchestrations to infiltrate its fold for the purpose of using disloyal staff for subversive aims against its leadership. While these efforts are considered as hatchet jobs designed to distract, the Service warns the plotters to desist forthwith from their plans. This is more so that the arrow heads are already under watch and will be apprehended when and if it becomes necessary. 

It is instructive to state that the Service had granted the family of Emefiele, medical officials and appropriate persons access to him, right from the day he was taken in and long before the court order requesting so. The Service implements Standards Operating Procedures on Suspect Handling and Investigation to the latter. It conducts its affairs transparently, professionally and respects the rule of law in compliance with democratic governance. 

For the avoidance of doubt, it assures of its professionalism in the current matter(s) under its purview. It will, however, not be distracted or intimidated."

Peter Afunanya PhD, fsi 
Public Relations Officer 
Department of State Services 
National Headquarters 
17th June, 2023

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