The Department of State Services (DSS) says it is not aiding pro-SARS supporters and thugs to attack #EndSARS protesters in Abuja.
In recent days, peaceful protesters in the capital city have been attacked by hoodlums, leading to the death of some. Many have also been injured.
In a statement on Tuesday, DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, described reports that the service’s personnel are aiding the attacks on protesters as “fake news.”
Afunanya noted that no DSS personnel has, so far, been identified to be involved in the alleged attacks.
He also boasted that no staff of the DSS will engage in such acts.
The spokesman enjoined members of the public to disregard “the falsehood emanating from sections of the social and mainstream media, subversive groups and interests.”
Afunanya also called citizens to “eschew bitterness, remain law abiding and cooperate with security agencies.”
“The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to the fake news making the round that its personnel are aiding pro-SARS supporters and thugs to attack #ENDSARS protesters in Abuja. Part of the untruth being spewed to the public is that some of its officials attached to certain VIPs aided thugs in this regard,” the statement said.
“In view of the false accusations, no DSS personnel has, so far, been identified to be involved in the alleged acts. It begs the question to conclude that SUVs and persons dressed in suits and sighted in conflict environments are of the DSS. Fact is that no staff of the DSS will engage in acts as the ones being peddled by these rumour mongers and hate speakers.
‘The Service is a responsible professional Organization and will endeavor to remain so at all times. It, therefore, wishes to state that the allegations leveled against it are not true and can only be taken as false narratives designed to cast it in bad image as well as inflame the protests.
“Consequently, the public is enjoined to disregard the falsehood emanating from sections of the social and mainstream media, subversive groups and interests.
“The Service uses this opportunity to call on citizens to eschew bitterness, remain law abiding and cooperate with security agencies and indeed, the Government for lasting peace and public safety.”