⊗ Laments Falana ‘media harassment’ of secret police
Concerned citizens under the aegis of Save Nigeria Movement has expressed dismay over the recent demonstration at the headquarters of Department of State Services (DSS) on the continued detention of the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, saying the protest amounts to exploitation of Nigerians with a view to blackmailing the DSS.
Besides, the group lamented what it described as media harassment of the DSS by renowned Lawyer Femi Falana as well as other civil society activists.
Spokesperson of the movement Semaaka Solomon Semakaa, who stated this at a counter rally in Abuja on Tuesday, said that ‘‘the over dramatization of the matter, vilification and demonizing of the service and the desperate appeal for public sympathy are all unfortunate tactics employed by Falana and his group of foot soldiers.’’
This, according to Semakaa “is sabotage of the highest level and does not portray the nobility of the legal profession as well as the true spirit of patriotism.”
Commenting further on his allegations of sabotage against security agencies he recalled that “a fortnight ago, the Nigerian Army in order to consolidate on its achievement especially in the North-East and South-East, proposed came up with Operation Positive Identification to ensure that Nigerians are properly identified. This is a standard practice done all over the world …but to our greatest surprise, Femi Falana went to court to get an injunction against the Nigerian military.”
The spokesperson posited that investigations by the Save Nigeria Movement revealed that, ‘‘the trio of Omoloye Sowore, Col. Sambo Dasuki, (rtd) and El-Zakzakky have all chosen to be in DSS custody because of the high standard of facilities as opposed to the conventional correctional facilities in the country.
‘‘Nigerians need to know that the trio has access to functional Gymnasium, telephones, choice of food amongst other. These are luxury facilities that an average law abiding Nigerian lacks.
“We therefore request that Nigerians particularly those who avail themselves as tools for blackmailing the security agencies must desist in the interest of the country.
“The Department of State Services and the Nigerian military authorities must be allowed to do their jobs without let or hindrance.
“This country’s constitution has no room for referendum or plesbicite …we are one indivisible entity and the department of state security is responsible to detect and forestall any threat to Internal Security.
“We therefore, in national service, vow to assist them to succeed in this noble noble task,” Semakaa noted.