Criminals Targeting Students for Recruitment into Banditry, Kidnapping–DSS
The Department of State Service, DSS, has raised an alarm over plot by subversive elements targeting students who will be going home for vacation, for recruitment into banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, financial crimes, and armed robbery.
Spokesperson of the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunanya, disclosed this at a press conference, in Abuja, on Tuesday.
He noted that aside students, recessing members of the National Assembly/State Houses of Assembly and other public/private sector workers on vacation may be predisposed to threats of various degrees.
“This also applied to Nigerians who may travel from within and outside the country to join their loved ones for the celebrations. These individuals are susceptible to kidnapping, hijack, assassinations, armed robbery and political manipulations,” he said.
On IPOB, and the alleged ill-treatment of its detained leader, Afunanya, said their Service has, without any fear of contradiction, applied restraint in making public statements over the matter.
Denying all the inciting allegations by IPOB, he said Nnamdi Kanu is not, in any way, maltreated in custody.
He added that accusations of maltreatment negate their Service’s Standard Operation Procedure on the implementation of rights of a suspect.
According to Dr. Afunanya, Nnamdi Kanu enjoys full luxury at their detention facility, incomparable to any of its type anywhere in the country.
“Adequate attention is paid to Kanu’s health. He has unhindered access to the best medical care and doctors. Kanu, himself, has confirmed to his visitors that the Service has never, in any way, maltreated him.
“He even confirmed to the quartet of Senators Ike Ikweremadu and Enyinnaya Abaribe; Bishop Sunday Onuoha of the Methodist Church, Nigeria and Co-Chair, Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace and Ambassador Okechukwu Emuchay, MFR, Secretary-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, who saw him on Wednesday, 8th December, 2021,” said the DSS spokesperson.