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Security agency mop up arms in Akwa Ibom

03 October 2014, 19:31

Uyo - Determined to forestall any security breach, the Department of State Services (DSS), Akwa Ibom Command, has begun an aggressive and thorough mop-up of illegals arms and ammunition ahead of 2015 general elections.

The State Director of DSS, Toma Minti, disclosed this during a media chat in Uyo on Thursday.

Minti said that the service had seized quite a substantial number of arms and ammunition suspected to have
been illegally bought by politicians for next year’s election.

Represented by the Deputy Director Operations, Fubara Duke, Minti said the DSS was determined to partner with other security agencies and the general public to ensure that the 2015 election was devoid of bloodshed.

"The morale and readiness of DSS operatives in the state have been heightened to confront and surmount any security challenge that may crop up before, during and after the election.

"We need the public to inform us on those they believe deals in arms and ammunition to enable us rid the
state of crime,'' he said.

Also read: Nigeria sent $9.3 million cash for arms in S/Africa

On the insurgency in the northeastern part of the country, the DSS helmsman said that no part of Nigeria could be regarded as completely safe and immune from the activities of terrorists.

He said that Nigerians must accept the fact that the nation was at war.

He however condemned a section of the Nigerian media for not playing the role of dependable allies in the fight against insurgency and all manner of criminality being perpetrated by enemies of the country.

Minti specifically accused some media houses of acting as advocates and propagandists for the Boko Haram terrorists.

He said that some news reports rather than support the anti-terror campaign, had created psychological panic in the minds of Nigerians.

He, however, called on the media in the state to exhibit professionalism and caution in the reportage of political and security matters.

Minti assured that the DSS would continue to partner with the media in the discharge of its functions.



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