By Nwafor Sunday
Worried by the reports making round in the media that the Department of State Services, DSS, recovered a huge sum of money and weapons in the reportedly searched house of ex-DSS boss, Mr. Lawal Daura, the agency on Monday issued a statement that distanced it from the report.
Mr. Tony Opuiyo, the spokesperson of the agency denied not just the report but said there was no iota of truth in the allegation that N21bn and unspecified number of Permanent Voter Cards were found in Daura’s houses.
The spokesman for the agency said that there was no search carried out in the home of Daura by any security agency.
The statement reads thus, “The attention of the Department of State Services has been drawn to the circulation of fake information and videos in which several items were said to have been recovered from the Katsina and Abuja homes of its immediate past Director General, Lawal Daura.
“These non-existent items include: N21bn cash, 400 assorted and sophisticated small arms and light weapons/rifles, and thousands of Permanent Voter Cards belonging to Niger Republic immigrants.
“In another video also in circulation, some persons believed to be personnel of a security outfit were seen forcing open safes stocked with money.
“The security operatives were described as executing a recovery operation at the Katsina home of the former DG.
“Consequently, the Service wishes to inform the public that these videos are false and should be disregarded.
“So far, no such recovery operations have been undertaken by the EFCC or any other security agency at DSS’ office or residences of the former DG.
“There is no doubt that different interests have continued to give varied accounts of the incident of last week at the National Assembly.
“It may, however, be recalled that the Presidency had pledged to carry out a detailed investigation regarding the alleged National Assembly siege.”