In a press release signed by Peter Afunanya, the Public Relations Officer of the Department of State Services (DSS), the DSS said it has unraveled clandestine plans by some unscrupulous individuals and groups aiming to disparage the DSS and the Federal Government over the arrest of Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
In the statement, the DSS stated that such groups and individuals are planning to hold protests at various places in Lagos and Abuja, “depicting the service and government in a bad light as well as calling for the immediate release of Emefiele”.
Furthermore, the DSS stated that such groups intend to infiltrate the ranks of the DSS by using disloyal staff against the leadership of the service.
The DSS therefore urged such groups to jettison their intended protest, stating that their leaders would be arrested if the need arose.
The statement reads:
DSS UNCOVERS PLANNED CAMPAIGN OF CALUMNY AGAINST GOVERNMENT
The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified persons and groups planning to stage campaigns of calumny against it and the Government over the suspension and investigation of Mr Godwin Emefiele.
Such groups intend to gather at different points in Abuja and Lagos in the coming week with placards depicting the Service and Government in bad light as well as calling for the immediate release of Emefiele.
The Service is, therefore, aware of a cheap propaganda aimed at demotivating and distracting it from professionally executing the onerous responsibilities assigned to it.
It has also noted the misleading commentaries, speculative narratives, storylines and videos being circulated in the social media by uninformed parties, critics and/or desperadoes.
It is mindful of orchestrations to infiltrate its fold for the purpose of using disloyal staff for subversive aims against its leadership. While these efforts are considered as hatchet jobs designed to distract, the Service warns the plotters to desist forthwith from their plans.
This is more so that the arrow heads are already under watch and will be apprehended when and if it becomes necessary.
It is instructive to state that the Service had granted the family of Emefiele, medical officials and appropriate persons access to him, right from the day he was taken in and long before the court order requesting so.
The Service implements Standard Operating Procedures on Suspect Handling and Investigation to the latter. It conducts its affairs transparently, professionally and respects the rule of law in compliance with democratic governance.
For the avoidance of doubt, it assures of its professionalism in the current matter(s) under its purview. It will, however, not be distracted or intimidated.