We Did Not Search Former VP Sambo’s House – DSS


…Warns security/anti-corruption agencies against using its name for illegal operations
BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday said it did not partake in the recent search on the Kaduna residence of the former Vice President Namadi Sambo.

It also denied being part of the agencies that executed the search at No.165, Ademola Adetokunbo, Wuse II, Abuja, belonging to Sahara Energy Company.

In a statement by its spokesman, Tony Opuiyo, the Service noted with dismay and total condemnation what it described as the activities of impostors, including some security agencies that have continually engaged in illegal security operations allegedly in the name of DSS in parts of the country.

According to Opuiyo; “These impersonators, in some instances, try to mimic the Service’s operational tactics by using its symbols and paraphernalia especially operational dress codes. 

“The aim, according to information available to the Service, is to accord semblance of legitimacy to their operations and as well leave impressions that the DSS was, in fact, involved.

“Consequently, the public is hereby alerted to be wary of these ugly trends and also be informed that not all operatives in black uniforms are personnel of the DSS.

“The Service is indeed not sparing any efforts to ensure that this is brought to a complete stop. In line with its standard operational procedures, the Service will in the spirit of public accountability, always inform stakeholders of its activities on the basis of need-to-know principle,” the DSS stressed.

It called on persons and groups, with useful information about suspected illegal operations in any part of the country to avail same to the Service for prompt action. 

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