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APC wants "lawbreaking" state service brought to order

02 December 2014, 20:24

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) slammed the second raid on its data centre in as many weeks.

The Department of State Service (DSS) carried out the raid at the centre in Ikeja, Lagos on Monday evening.

National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, described as the raid as the "height of lawlessness and an orchestrated provocation."

"The raid by over 40 armed DSS officers, despite a court order restraining the service from such action, shows that the DSS considers itself to be above the laws of the land, and this is totally condemnable," he stated.

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"Even under a PDP government that has nothing but contempt for constitutional order, the lack of respect for a court order by an
institution of state like the DSS has plumbed the depth of anomie, and shows that our democracy is in clear and present danger from anarchists," the statement read.

According to the party, 40 armed DSS officers in trucks shoved the security personnel at the building aside and broke into the storage
facility from where they carted away over 30 bags filled with the APC membership registration forms.

The party said the raid came on the same day it challenged the DSS to make public its findings after the first raid that was widely condemned within and outside Nigeria, and described as the worst political scandal in the nation's history.

DSS has accused the opposition party of cloning personal voters' cards ahead of the poll scheduled for early next year.

"It is sensible to conclude that the DSS' second raid was its own crude reaction to the challenge we posed to it. Apparently yet to find any
evidence of PVC cloning as alleged by the DSS, it is now quite desperate to manufacture evidence to justify its raids. Or how else does one explain the claim by the service that its 'findings' will shock Nigerians, even at a time it is still in search of evidence? Is this how self-respecting
intelligence agencies conduct their operations?" quipped APC.

Last week, Justice Mohammed Nasir Yenusa of the Federal High Court in Lagos, restrained DSS from further sealing off the data centre or taking further steps in connection with the property.

"It is curious that an institution of state will continue to act like an enforcement arm of the ruling party by constantly harassing the
opposition. It is strange that an organization that should be deploying its best staff to gather useful intelligence that can help the nation to
win the anti-terrorism war is instead engaging in terrorizing the opposition. It is time to call the DSS to order, and to remind those at
the helms of affairs that while they may be having a free rein today, they will one day rue their actions at this critical time in our nation's
history," APC stated.

Comment could not be obtained from the security agency.

- CAJ News


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