By Soni Daniel
Abuja – The Department of State Services on Wednesday dismissed as false and untenable claims by the Coalition of United Political Parties that it was tapping the phone conversations of the opposition members and sharing it with the ruling All Progressives Congress as a means of winning the forthcoming elections.
The DSS in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Mr. Peter Afunanya, stated that it had never contemplated embarking on such an action not to think of going ahead to share non-existent information with anyone.
The Statement said: “The service wishes to inform the public that it does not tap or eavesdrop on private conversations of citizens and residents and therefore denies the allegation by a political group to this effect.
“It is obvious that some merchants of violence are determined to use their platforms to misinform the public for their selfish and political ends. In this regard, the Service warns that those bent on entrenching this mischief should be aware of the consequences of their misleading action as the law will surely catch up with them.
“The DSS is a responsible organization and thus professionally adheres to the ideals of intelligence and security governance expected of it in a democracy. The public is, therefore, urged to disregard the claims of the political group.
“The Service prefers that it is left out of the political fray as it wishes to maintain its usual transparency and neutrality in the discharge of its mandate. It enjoins all carriers of fake news and social media manipulators, who are deceiving the populace, to always THINK NIGERIA.
The agency that it had in recent times been unduly been maligned by uninformed critics and unpatriotic commentators most of who feed the public with fake news and hate speeches against it.
“The Social media is awash with wrong information of sorts regarding the agency whose operations and activities are highly misunderstood and misrepresented,” the DSS said.
It will be recalled that Spokesman for CUPP, Imo Ugochinyere, had on earlier on Wednesday accused the DSS of eavesdropping on telephone conversations of opposition party members in the country, although he did not provide any evidence to back up his claim.
According to him, the conversations, which were mainly opposition’s strategies for the forthcoming elections, were being transmitted by the DSS to the leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
“We wish to express our shock and disappointment with the All Progressives Congress and unscrupulous security agencies that we discovered are taping our leaders’ calls and leaking our electoral strategy,” he said.
“The opposition has uncovered constant tapping of our calls and location marking by the ruling APC, using the DSS.
“We are utterly disgusted with this shameless act. This administration has proven that nothing is sacred to them anymore.”