The Department of State Service (DSS) has launched an investigation into the officers clash with Nigeria Correctional Services at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, over the custody of suspended former Central Bank of Nigeria governor Godwin Emefiele.
Peter Afunanya, DSS PRO, revealed this in a statement on Wednesday.
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 wishes to state as follows:
i. The incident was unfortunate and does not in any way reflect the professional disposition of the DSS;
ii. The Service did not and would never encourage the incident under reference;
iii. 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.
iv. The DSS recognizes the Judiciary as a critical component in nation-building, national development, and security management. Also, the Service has a 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 individuals, undertaking disciplinary actions if necessary, and drawing some lessons going forward.
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 to sinister plots to discredit its leadership. In pursuit of its assignments, it will strive to remain professional, maintain ethical standards, and maintain a high sense of discipline.
The Service will ensure that it will not be used for clout, 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.