Emefiele: DSS open investigation into face-off with prison officials in court


The Department of State Services (DSS) has announced that it will examine the July 25 clash between its agents and officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) at the federal high court in Ikoyi.

“The public will recall that Mr Godwin Emefiele, suspended CBN Governor, was arraigned at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, on July 25th, 2023,” Peter Afunanya, DSS spokesperson, said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The Service has taken note of the incident that occurred between its personnel and those of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) and wishes to say the following:

“The incident was unfortunate and does not in any way reflect the professional disposition of the DSS;

“The Service did not and would never encourage the incident under reference;

“The Service has tremendous respect for the Judiciary as an Arm and Institution of Government and will not go out of its way to undermine it.

“The DSS recognises the Judiciary as a critical component in nation building, national development and security management. Also, the Service has robust working relationship with sister Security and Law Enforcement agencies including the NCoS; While noting that the personnel from both Agencies exhibited undue overzealousness, the Service has further initiated detailed investigations into the matter.

“This is with a view to identifying the role played by specific persons as well as undertaking disciplinary actions if necessary and drawing some lessons going forward.

“For emphasis, the DSS has not broken any laws in handling the Emefiele Case despite efforts by some elements to skew the narratives to the contrary.”

DSS operatives had a face-off with prison officials over the custody of Godwin Emefiele, suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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