Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) alleged a plan by the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest its Borno State Chairman, Ali Abubakar Dalori, saying this could worsen the political volatility in the troubled state.
In a statement issued in Abuja today by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party suspected Dalori would be arrested on “trumped-up charges.”
The country’s main opposition party warned the DSS to resist the "growing temptation" to dabble into politics, even while it was becoming very glaring that the agency is being compromised under the present political dispensation.
“The careless and clearly partisan statements being made by DSS Spokesperson Marilyn Ogar have shown all discerning Nigerians the direction in which the agency is leaning. However, it must still exercise great caution in order not to spark a needless crisis in Borno.
'We have it on good authority that with the recent movement of Ali Modu Sheriff to the PDP, attempts are being made to destabilize the APC in Borno, using agencies of state like the DSS. The take-off point is the arrest of our Chairman in the state on trumped-up charges,” APC stated.
It warned of the ramifications of the arrest in a state already bearing the brunt of terrorism.
“Let those who are seeking to trigger a crisis in Borno know that the people of the state are resolute in their determination to ensure a level playing field in the run-up to the 2015 election. It is curious that the DSS has suddenly unearthed supposed offences committed by Hon Dalori to warrant his arrest, now that Sheriff has defected to the PDP.”
The party raised concern at DSS’ partisanship.
“'Again, we are compelled to warn the DSS that, as an organ of state, it cannot afford to be partisan. An agency being sustained by the taxpayers cannot turn around to hunt the same taxpayers. An agency that is supposed to protect the people of Nigeria cannot be the same agency being used to witch-hunt the opposition. 'Unless the DSS turns a new leaf and stop making itself a tool in the hands of politicians, the agency will ridicule itself and weaken its capacity to function effectively,” APC said.
The party urged the DSS and other security agencies to concentrate their efforts on arresting the daily carnage being perpetrated in Borno and other states by Boko Haram.
- CAJ News