Official: DSS obtains warrants before arresting suspects

Official: DSS obtains warrants before arresting suspects
Claims that its agents kidnap citizens have been labelled "misleading" by the Department of State Services (DSS).

"The DSS makes arrests when needed as part of its enforcement actions. This is obviously done in accordance with democratic ideals. The DSS's spokesman, Peter Afunanya, said in a statement on Wednesday that the agency has never started acting without first following established protocols to obtain arrest warrants or detention orders from appropriate legal authorities.

Contrary to rumours, the DSS is a law-abiding government body dedicated to protecting individuals, the secret police claimed in a statement headlined "DSS Does Not Abduct Citizens."

“The claim of abduction or use of enforced disappearances is an absolute lie and a make-up narrative designed to bring the Service to disrepute.

“The DSS is law-abiding and committed to the protection of citizens and sensitive government installations. In doing this, it will continue to discharge its mandate of intelligence collection and timely dissemination of same to relevant action agencies and stakeholders,” Afunanya added.

However, lawyers to Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo popular known as Sunday Igboho; and leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu; have at different times accused the DSS of invading their respective residences without warrants of arrest.