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DSS Alerts Public To Smear Campaigns Against DG

Yusuf Bichi

January 10, (THEWILL) – The Department of State Services (DSS) has alleged plans by some “politicians and disgruntled elements” within and outside the government, to sponsor smear campaigns against its Director-General, Yusuf Bichi and his key officials.

A statement issued Tuesday by the Spokesperson of the Service, Peter Afunanya, linked the plot to the “service’s uncompromising stance on some critical governance and policy issues.”

The DSS noted that politicians and “disgruntled elements” within and outside the government have recruited civil and non-governmental organisations to discredit its Director-General.

Afunanya also said, “sections of the media have been briefed to implement the strategy through sponsored articles, commentaries and features to malign the DG, his family and select officials of the service.

“The service is monitoring developments and will allow the plotters to either exhaust themselves or rescind the plan of action. Otherwise, no amount of intimidation, harassment and blackmail will deter it from discharging its duties.

“However, it would not idly watch a group of dissatisfied gangs undermine the service and its highly dedicated leadership and management,” the Service said.

The DSS further urged Nigerians to be “wary of these tendencies and ignore the antics of dark forces out to impugn the character of the DG.”

It restates its unalloyed support to the President on his resolve to continue to confront head-on, threats to national security as well as create the enabling environment necessary for the 2023 general elections to hold.