The Department of State Services (DSS) has distanced its personnel and field officers from the murder of a medical expert, Dr. Chike Akunyili, husband to former Information Minister, late Prof. Dora Akunyili, saying the allegations were false and unfounded.
The secret agency noted that the clarification had become imperative to set the records straight and disabused mind of Nigerians from the allegeation that its operatives murdered Dr. Chike Akunyili and a security escort in Anambra yesterday.
The DSS Public Relations Officer, Dr Peter Afunanya, said that contrary to the media reports making rounds, the DSS has been saddled with responsibility of protecting Nigerians and it wont go out of its mandate of protection to killing innocent Nigerians.
According to him, the attention of the DSS has been drawn to an allegation that its operatives killed Dr. Chike Akunyili, security escorts at Nkpor, Anambra on Sept. 28.
“The service hereby denies these allegations and wishes to clearly state that they are spurious and illogical. There was no basis for the DSS to kill the medical doctor and/or fellow law enforcement agents,” he said.
According to the spokesman, the service cherishes life and believes in the rule of law. Afunanya further urged the public to be wary of false narratives by those desirous of using the DSS to cover up their heinous acts.
He said that the operations of the hostile elements were already well known in the public space and to the discerning.
The DSS spokesman said that the desperate efforts of the criminals to divert attention or deploy reverse psychology to deceive unsuspecting public had become a stock in trade that has defined their patterns and trends.
He said the law would soon catch up with the criminals. Afunanya added that the service and its sister agencies would not relent in tracking down those behind the breakdown of law and order in parts of the country.