Breaking: We didn’t abduct Senator Dino Melaye, says DSS

Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS),  in a statement on Saturday, distanced itself from the many troubles of the embattled Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye. Accordingly to the Secret Service, it has nothing to do with how he was moved from the police clinic to their own medical facility.

See full statement below:

The attention of the Department of State Services has been drawn to news making the round that its operatives, on 11th January 2019, abducted Senator Dino Melaye from the Police hospital and forcefully took him to the Service’s medical facility in Abuja. 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.

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.

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