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DSS nab fake colonel, 2 others over N4bn bribery allegation

By Chris Ochayi

THE Department of State Services, DSS, yesterday, paraded three suspected fraudsters over alleged claimed that the Director General of State Services, DGSS, Lawal Musa Daura collected the sum of N4billion from the PDP Governors of Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Abia and Taraba States to influence the judgment of the Supreme Court in their favour in the recently decided electoral cases by the court

The suspects, Usman Ahmed Danmallam and Nura Shehu Lawal Giwa (aka Marafan Zazzau) were arrested on 17th February, 2016 at Unguwar Sarki, Kaduna North LGA of Kaduna State, while Hussaini A. Monguno (aka Colonel) was arrested in Abuja. Parading the suspects in Abuja, an operative of the Service, Mr. Abdullahi Garba, said the suspects were also to misinform President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian public that the DGSS had acquired choice properties in Maitama and Asokoro areas of Abuja.

Mr. Garba noted that the overall objective was to scare the DGSS and put him under pressure just for the group to extort money from him to serve their pecuniary interest. He also revealed Hussaini A. Monguno (aka Colonel), who never served in the Nigerian Army, had claimed that he was recruited and trained as a Body Guard towards the end of former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) regime, but served Late General Sani ABACHA (rtd) who addressed him as Colonel.

According to the statement; “The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to draw the attention of the public to the infamous activities of some unscrupulous elements who have resorted to condemnable tactics aimed at blackmailing and extorting money from unsuspecting and innocent people. “The group uses scaremongering, social climbing and name dropping to hoodwink their victims into parting with money to avoid such victims’ names being tarnished. The activities of this group have become widespread that the DSS have decided to alert law abiding Nigerians and residents.

“A pertinent fact that investigations have revealed is that this group, in order to further their illegal act, is taking advantage of the clear and sustained anti-corruption war being waged by this administration. “A method used by the group is to tell lies against their victims and also plant rumours about them in certain government circles so as to create the impression that the targets are corrupt and have breached legal procedures in the discharge of their responsibilities.

“The aim is usually to make these targets seek their attention and invariably sort out with them based on negotiated sums of money or they will threaten to “report the matter to the President. “

“A typical instance is the arrest of the trio of Usman Ahmed Danmallam and Nura Shehu Lawal Giwa (aka Marafan Zazzau) on 17th February, 2016 at Unguwar Sarki, Kaduna North LGA of Kaduna State and Hussaini A. Monguno (aka Colonel) in Abuja. This three-man gang had perfected plans to blackmail the DGSS solely based on falsehood.

“The group claimed that the DGSS collected the sum of N4 billion from the PDP Governors of Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Abia and Taraba States to influence the judgment of the Supreme Court in their favour in the recently decided electoral cases by the court. They were also to misinform the President and in fact, the Nigerian public that the DGSS had acquired choice properties in Maitama and Asokoro areas of Abuja. “The overall objective was to scare the DGSS and put him under pressure just for the group to extort money from him to serve their pecuniary interest.


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