A former Assistant Director of the Department of Security Services, DSS, Dennis Amachree, has siad that aides of an unnamed senator conveyed thugs to attack citizens protesting against police brutality in Abuja.
In a video, which had since gone viral, men in black suits were seen in a sports utility vehicle, SUV, picking up hoodlums and taking them towards the protesters.
The video was shot along Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent in Wuse 2 in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
Many had believed that the men were DSS officials.
But speaking on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, Amachree said the DSS headquarters confirmed to him that the men aiding the thugs were working for a senator.
He said, “I don’t want to follow the style of the army, where they said people can buy uniforms and wear them and come out. If you wear a dark suit and tie and drive a black SUV, many people would say that is the DSS, but I actually inquired about that.
“I called the headquarters to find out. Those people were working for a particular senator. And if that is the case, I think they should arrest them. If anybody tries to impersonate security personnel, he should be arrested immediately.
“Don’t allow it to happen and then you go ahead and then do inquiries or panels or whatever. I know a lot of people impersonating SSS, taking letters to different places have been arrested and they have been dealt with immediately. Those people you are referring to were not SSS officials.”
The DSS had since debunked the rumour that its operatives were the ones seen in the viral video.
Spokesman of the secret police, Peter Afunaya siad, “Fact is that no staff of the DSS will engage in acts as the ones being peddled by these rumour mongers and hate speakers.”