Akwa-Ibom - The Arewa Youth for Progress and Development (AYPAD) has condemned the Department of State Services' (DSS') reported invasion of the Akwa Ibom State Government House in Uyo.
“The leadership of our organization after carefully following the recent news of the raid of the Akwa Ibom Government House, Uyo by the men of the Department of State Services (DSS) and critically analyzing the dangers it portents to the entrenchment of the rule of law and sustenance of a virile democracy in our country, we hereby emphatically condemn the action in its entirety,” stated the organisation’s President, Danjuma Bello Sarki and National Secretary, Usman Abdulhamid.
They called on the DSS to apologize for “the embarrassment it has caused the government and good people of the state.”
The officials said it was unfortunate that the Secret Police who claimed to be acting on intelligence report on the existence of an imaginary cache of fire arms said to be stockpiled in the Government House ended up destroying properties, harassing and intimidating staff and visitors in the building for several hours without finding a single weapon or stacks of cash.
“This action is unacceptable and calls to question the capacity of the current DSS to gather and analyse intelligence effectively, in this challenging period of our nation history.”
The officials said the nature of the invasion by the men of the DSS was “surprising, shocking and unbelievable.”
“It makes mockery of our democracy. We cannot fathom this crass effrontery on the privacy of the Chief Security Officer of a Federating unit of our Federation, for no just cause.”
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“This very act by the Lawal Daura-led DSS is one to many, it is gradually demonstrating its penchant for impunity, disregard for the rule of law and professionalism.
"Of recent the security agency seems to be hasty and uncouth in its approach to issues, this is beginning to give the impression that it is being used as a tool at the disposal of some politicians who employ it to settle scores,” officials said.
They called on the state security service to be “professional, civilized and courteous” in the discharge of their responsibility, which was its hallmark in time past.
“We use this medium to urge President Muhammadu Buhari to call them to order as their conduct is apparently projecting his administration in a bad light before the eyes of Nigerians and the international community. We also call on well-meaning groups and individuals to rise up to the occasion and reject such act, to save our nation from drifting back to the abyss.”
- CAJ News