Emefiele’s trial: Altercation with prison officials, unfortunate -DSS

DSS operatives and Prison’s official altercation at the Federal High Court, Lagos

Department of State Service, DSS, has said that altercation between its operatives and official of Nigerian Prison during the arraignment of suspended Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, was unfortunate.

DSS Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, said:

“The public will recall that Mr. Godwin Emefiele, suspended CBN Governor, was arraigned at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, on July 25, 2023.

“The Service has noted the incident that took place between its staff and those of the Nigerian Correctional Service, NcoS, and wish to state as follows:

“The incident was unfortunate and does not in any way reflect the professional disposition of the DSS.

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“The Service did not and would never encourage the incident under reference.

“The Service has tremendous respect for the Judiciary as an Arm and Institution of Government and will not go out of its way to undermine it.

“The DSS recognises the Judiciary as a critical component in nation building, national development and security management.”

According to him: “Also, the Service has robust working relationship with sister security and law enforcement agencies including the NcoS.

“While noting that the personnel from both agencies exhibited undue overzealousness, the Service has further initiated detailed investigations into the matter.

“This is with a view to identifying the role played by specific persons as well as undertaking disciplinary actions if necessary and drawing some lessons going forward,” he noted.

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He added: “For emphasis, the DSS has not broken any laws in handling the Emefiele case despite efforts by some elements to skew the narratives to the contrary.

“The Service had since alerted the public of sinister plots to discredit its leadership. In pursuit of its assignments, it will strive to remain professional, maintain ethical standards and high sense of discipline.

According to him, “The Service will ensure that it will not be used for clout and fame chasing or delusional heroism.

“It will, however, remain focused on its national security mandate and, therefore, enjoin well-meaning Nigerians to support it in achieving the desired security goals for the nation.

“It is imperative to note that we have no other country but Nigeria. We should join hands, with love and tolerance, to build it,” he added.

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