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APC Slams DSS, Police Over silence on  Ex-Militants War Threats 

Suleiman Abba

The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has slammed the DSS and the Police over their loud silence on the threats of war by ex-militants if President Goodluck Jonathan loses February 14, election, saying their failure to act is an indication of double standard and lack of fairness


Deputy Director, Public Relations, DSS, Ms Marilyn Ogar

Deputy Director, Public Relations, DSS, Ms Marilyn Ogar

APC in a statement issued in Lagos Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said it was insightful to note that the same security agencies that reacted with hysteria to the harmless comments by Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi have suddenly lost their voices when the ex-militants threats to wage war on against the nation.

”When Gov. Amaechi said soldiers had the right to protest if their welfare was not taken care of, the DSS was at its most efficient level, with its voluble spokesperson threatening fire and brimstone and only stopping short of arresting the Governor, despite his immunity.

”When the same Gov. Amaechi said the APC will form a parallel government if the Feb. 14th and 28th elections are rigged, the same DSS and the police sought to outdo one another with threats and condemnation of what they called ‘inciting comments’, even when Gov. Amaechi’s warning was conditional.

”Now, the ex-militants have said President Jonathan must be re-elected or they will unleash violence on the country. In other words, it is immaterial whether or not he loses in free and fair elections. There is no clearer indication of impunity than the action
of the ex-militants, who issued their threats in the Bayelsa government house, with the Governor of the state in attendance.


‘More than a week later, the DSS has been missing in action while the police, in what can pass as a most shocking reaction, said they are still studying the ex-militants’ comments. Even after former Defence Minister Gen.Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) called for the arrest of the ex-militants for their treasonable threats, and the ex-militants had
the audacity to repeat the threats, the police still continued to ‘study’ the threats. This is simply unbelievable,” APC observed.

The party stated the implication of the conspiracy of inaction by the DSS and the police is that, under the Administration of President Jonathan, there are different rules for different Nigerians, wondering how the security agencies could be trusted to provide a level playing ground for all political parties before, during and after the forthcoming general elections.


‘For supporters of President Jonathan, there is no law, there is no police, there is no DSS. Their support for the President is a licence for lawlessness and irresponsibility, and if at all there is any law, they remain far above such law. That is why they could dare the entire nation by issuing such treasonable comments and get away with their 
action,” the opposition argued.

The party also called on Nigerians to take note of the glaring double standard of the security agencies, while urging local and international observers to closely monitor the activities of the security agents before, during and after the polls.

”On our part, the fact that the DSS and the police, both of which have issued their last warnings against those making inciting comments, have failed to move against the war-mongering ex-militants is a confirmation of what we have always believed: that national 
institutions have been deployed in the pursuit of partisan, rather than national interests under the Administration of President Jonathan,” APC challenged.


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