The Department of State Services (DSS), has denied the reported recovery of about N21 billion, thousands of Permanent Voter Cards(PVCs) and other items from the houses of its former boss, Lawal Daura.
The service also advised the public to exercise restraint in their narration of events after last week’s National Assembly’s invasion and spreading fake news or engaging in activities that may mislead or further cause a breach of the peace in the country.
It also noted that no security agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC or any other body has recovered anything from the houses of Daura.
Part of a statement signed by Tony Opiuyo of the DSS, noted that, “the attention of the Service has been drawn to “the circulation of fake information and videos in which several items were said to have been recovered from the Katsina and Abuja homes of its immediate past Director General, Lawal Daura.
“These non-existent items include: N21 billion cash; 400 assorted and sophisticated small arms and light weapons/rifles and thousands of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) belonging to Niger Republic immigrants.
“In another video also in circulation, some persons believed to be personnel of a security outfit were seen forcing open safes stocked with money.
“The security operatives were described as executing a recovery operation at the Katsina home of the former DG, DSS.
“Consequently, the Service wishes to inform the public that these videos are false and should be disregarded. So far, no such recovery operations have been undertaken by the EFCC or any other security agency at DSS’ office or residences of the former DG.”
The Service also noted that “there is no doubt that different interests have continued to give varied accounts of the incident of last week at the National Assembly.
“It may, however, be recalled that the Presidency had pledged to carry out a detailed investigation regarding the alleged National Assembly siege.
“The public is, therefore, advised to exercise restraint in their narration of events and as such, desist from spreading fake news or engaging in activities that may mislead or further cause a breach of the peace as well as preempt the outcome of investigations.”