- The Department of State Services has denied abducting Senator Melaye as allegedly reported by some media (not Legit.ng)
- The DSS said the police brought Melaye to its medical facility for deserved attention
- The security agency assures Nigerians of its commitment to professionalism and respect for human rights in its operational engagements
The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied that its operatives abducted Senator Dino Melaye as alleged in some media.
A statement by the public relations officer of the service, Peter Afunanya, said that the police brought Dino to its medical facility, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports
“The service wishes to state that the information, as being misrepresented by sections of the media, is far from the truth,” he said.
Afunanya added that there was no time Dino was abducted by the service.
“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 January 9.
“The aim of bringing him to the service’s facility is to complement police efforts in giving the Senator a deserved medical attention,” he said.
He explained that the service accepted him in line with medical ethics and spirit of inter-agency cooperation.
The spokesman said the clarification became necessary to address the allegation that hooded men suspected to be DSS operatives abducted him 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,” he said.
Also, the police spokesman, acting DCP Jimoh Moshood had earlier explained in a statement that Dino was moved to the DSS facility in Abuja, for further medical attention.
Recall that Melaye collapsed after surrendering to the police who had laid an eight-day siege on his residence for allegedly failing to honour its invitation with regards to the accusation of attempted culpable homicide.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that a source close to the Senator Melaye said he had refused to be admitted at the DSS medical facility because he claimed he had no case with the DSS.
Melaye's family members who lamented the treatment given to the lawmaker said they had not been told why he was taken to the medical facility of the DSS because he does not have a case with the security agency.
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