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We did not encourage operatives to fight over Emefiele — DSS

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The Department of State Security (DSS) has distanced itself from the tussle that occurred at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos on Tuesday, over the custody of Goodwin Emefiele, the suspended governor of Central Bank of Nigeria.

The incident was unfortunate and does not in any way reflect the professional disposition of the DSS, according to a statement by the secret police on Wednesday.

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“The Service did not and would never encourage the incident under reference. It has tremendous respect for the Judiciary as an Arm and Institution of Government and will not go out of its way to undermine it,” Peter Afunanya,
Public Relations Officer of DSS, said in the statement

Afunanya added that the DSS recognises the Judiciary as a critical component in nation building, national development and security management.

“Also, the Service has robust working relationship with sister Security and Law Enforcement agencies including the NCoS.”

According to DSS, the personnel from both agencies exhibited undue overzealousness, the Service has further initiated detailed investigations into the matter.

“This is with a view to identifying the role played by specific persons as well as undertaking disciplinary actions if necessary and drawing some lessons going forward,” Afunanya said.

He added that the DSS has not broken any laws in handling the Emefiele’s case despite efforts by some elements to skew the narratives to the contrary.

“The Service had since alerted the public of sinister plots to discredit its leadership. In pursuit of its assignments, it will strive to remain professional, maintain ethical standards and high sense of discipline.”