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Illegal arrest, detention: Reps dump motion to summon DSS boss

By Emman Ovuakporie & Johnbosco Agbakwuru

ABUJA—ATTEMPTS by some members of the House of Representatives to summon the Director-General of the Department of State Services, DSS, over allegations of arbitrary, illegal arrests and detentions of citizens without trials and disregard of orders/ judgments of courts, yesterday suffered a setback.

Director-General of Department of State Service, DSS, Mr Lawal Daura

The motion was stepped down because there was a similar motion on an investigation which report would soon be presented to the House.

But despite the stepping down of the motion, one of the sponsors, Comrade Peter Akpatason, said it would be represented, if the report of the earlier committee did not address infractions raised by the security agency.

Akpatason, who presented the motion co-sponsored by 36 other members had in the motion, urged the House to invite the Director-General of the DSS to appear before the House at plenary within 48 hours to explain the arbitrary and illegal arrests and detentions of citizens without trials as well as disregard of orders/judgments of courts.

The motion had also wanted the House to urge the DSS to immediately take all accused persons in its custody to courts of law or release them on bail.






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