Saturday, January 12, 2019 12:11 am
The Department of State Services has denied claim that its operatives abducted Senator Dino Melaye from the Police hospital and forcefully took him to the Service’s medical facility in Abuja on Friday.
“ The Service wishes to state that the information, as being misrepresented by sections of the media, is far from the truth. It had, at no time, abducted the Senator, Peter N. AFUNANYA, Public Relations Officer, DSS said in a statement.
Further explaining the circumstances that brought the embattled Senator to its custody, the DSS in the statement said, “The fact is that it was the Police that brought him to the DSS facility after obtaining a 14-day detention warrant with effect from 9th January, 2019. The aim of bringing him to the Service’s facility is to complement Police efforts in giving the Senator a deserved medical attention.
“Consequently, the Service, in line with medical ethics and spirit of inter-agency cooperation, accepted him. This clarification has become necessary in order to address the false allegation that hooded men suspected to be DSS operatives abducted the Senator from the Police hospital.
“The DSS, therefore, reiterates and assures the public of its commitment to professionalism and respect for human rights in its operational engagements.”