The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified persons and groups planning to stage campaigns of calumny against it and the Federal Government over the ongoing investigation of the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele.
Spokesman of the secret police, Dr. Peter Afunanya disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, June 17, 2023.
Recall that Emefiele was arrested on June 10, 2023, after he was suspended by the President, Bola Tinubu, citing reforms in the financial sector as well as to carry out investigation into his office.
According to the DSS spokesperson, such groups intend to gather at different points in Abuja and Lagos in the coming week with placards depicting the Service and the 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,” he said.
He said it was 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.
He said the Service implements Standard Operating Procedures on Suspect Handling and Investigation to the letter.
“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,” Afunanya said.