The Department of State Security Services, DSS has denied a report that the Presidency is planning to sack the current DG of the service, Yusuf Bichi.
On Tuesday, a report went viral that the agency along with some individuals in the Presidency were planning to sack Mr. Bichi over the 2019 Elections budget for the agency. In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Mr Peter Afunanya, the DSS described the report as ‘False and mischievous’.
The statement, made available to PoliticsNGR, also debunked a rumour that the former DG of the agency, Lawan Daura has been moved to covert operations.
The statement read;
“The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to a publication on (pointblanknews.com) titled, Elections 2019: Presidency Threatens to Sack DG SSS; Sacked Daura Now in Covert Operations.
The Service wishes to state that the report and all the latest insinuations/claims from your stable are false, mischievous and maliciously designed to bring the Service to disrepute.
The condemnable write up is viewed as a deliberate plot to malign the integrity of the Service and distract its Officers from discharging their core mandate and responsibilities. It is pertinent to state that no such allegations exist either against the erstwhile or current DGSS. You are, therefore, expected to retract the said story and desist forthwith from acts that may undermine the Service.
Consequently, the Service wishes to state expressly that it remains focused and committed to the discharge of its duties, especially at a time like this. This is more so that its energy is concentrated on efforts to provide an enabling environment for security, stability and peaceful polls.”