APC Warns DSS Against Arrest Of Its Borno ChairmanFeatured, Latest News Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
…Says It Can Destabilize The State
The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned the Directorate of State Security (DSS) on planned arrest of its Borno State, North Eastern Nigerian Chairman, Hon Ali Abubakar Dalori on trumped-up charges.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the situation in Borno was already heated; hence no one should aggravate it “simply because of scorched-earth politics”.
APC, which noted that the situation was capable of precipitating an already-volatile state, warned the security agency to resist its growing temptation of being partisan, as it alleged it (DSS) was already compromised under the present political dispensation.
”The careless and clearly partisan statements being made by DSS Spokesperson Marilyn Ogar have shown all discerning Nigerians the direction in which the agency is leaning. However, it must still exercise great caution in order not to spark a needless crisis in Borno.
”We have it on good authority that with the recent movement of Ali Modu Sheriff to the PDP, attempts are being made to destabilize the APC in Borno, using agencies of state like the DSS. The take-off point is the arrest of our Chairman in the state on trumped-up charges, it declared.
The party warned DSS that as a state organ, being funded by the taxpayers could not turn around to hunt the same people, maintaining that its primary role was to protect Nigerians and not witch-hunting, using oppositions as the passage.
”Unless the DSS turns a new leaf and stop making itself a tool in the hands of politicians, the agency will ridicule itself and weaken its capacity to function effectively,” APC insisted.
In the meantime, APC has urged the security outfit and its officers to concentrate their efforts on arresting the daily carnage being perpetrated in Borno and other states by Boko Haram insurgents.
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