By Adekunle Sulaimon
The Department of State Services on Sunday denied that Senator Abdulaziz Yari was arrested because he refused to take President Bola Tinubu’s phone call.
The Spokesman of DSS, Dr Peter Afunanya, in a statement issued on Sunday.
The statement posted on the Twitter handle of the DSS described the claim as laughable and inconsequential.
While confirming that Yari was invited by DSS, Afunanya in the statement said the senator knew the reason behind his invitation.
He also denied accusations that the Service was snooping on Judges on the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
Afunanya also denied reports that Service stormed the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission and Code of Conduct Bureau and carted away certain files from them.
He debunked reports that there is a rumble in the DSS due to nepotism.
He said the Service ordinarily would not have responded to the inaccuracies but for the “fickle-minded and vulnerable persons as well as the unsuspecting public” that may take the lies for facts.
Afunanya in the statement, said, “The attention of the Department of State Services has been drawn to false reports by sections of the online media particularly SaharaReporters, Peoples Gazette, and Jackson Ude.
“The so-called news platforms variously and wrongly fed the public with misleading narratives and accusations against the Service.
“For instance, SaharaReporters wrote that the Service stormed the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and carted away certain files from them.
“Jackson Ude falsely claimed that there is a rumble in the DSS due to nepotism. He further accused the Service was snooping on Judges on the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
“On its part, Peoples Gazette reported that Senator Abdulaziz Yari was arrested for alleged refusal to pick up the President’s phone call (whatever that meant).
“There are other variants of unsubstantiated and anonymous petitions flying around against the DGSS, his family, and some officials.
“To set the record straight, the DSS did not execute operations at the ICPC and CCB or remove files from their offices.
“Instructively, the two agencies have, on their own, refuted the news in widely circulated press statements. It is petty, if not laughable, to report that Yari was invited for refusing to pick up the President’s call. This is the height of junk journalism. Yari knows why he was invited.
“In fact, the Service denies all the allegations as they lack any factual basis or credibility. They are only figments of the creators’ imaginations.
“This is more so that the publishers in question have been noted in and outside the country for their notoriety for peddling fake news, sensational and gutter journalism. Without a modicum of proper and civilised behaviour, they indulge in character assassinations and sundry blackmail as a business,” the statement added.