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DSS Has Reduced Itself to a Pack of Napoleon’s Dogs Let Loose on Perceived Opponents of the President

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has found itself under intense scrutiny as Nigeria navigates the labyrinth of its political landscape. Recent events, including the case of the suspended Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, have sparked debates about the intersection of justice, political vendettas, and the agency’s role in safeguarding the nation’s security.

Pastor Tunde Bakare, in his State of the Nation broadcast, ignited the conversation with a powerful statement, saying, “It is rather preposterous that the DSS has reduced itself to a pack of Napoleon’s dogs let loose on perceived opponents of the president, when, in this same country, a militant like Asari Dokubo is openly breeding an armed militia in open support of the President, doing so with impunity and without as much as a slap on the wrist from the security agencies.

Bakare’s words underscore a growing sentiment that the DSS, tasked with protecting the nation and its citizens, may be overstepping its boundaries when it comes to political opponents. The Emefiele case, according to Bakare, serves as an alarming example of the DSS potentially being weaponized for political vendettas. Bakare suggests that Emefiele’s ordeal is not merely a pursuit of justice but a calculated move in a larger political chess game.

The political landscape itself is being reshaped by these events. Bakare points out that Nigeria’s trajectory seems to be veering away from progress, and he attributes part of this regression to what he terms “leadership by impulse” by figures like Tinubu. The recent election results, while controversial, highlight the shifting dynamics within the country’s political parties. The decline in APC’s support base, as Bakare notes, reflects a disillusionment with the ruling party.

Beyond the political realm, the DSS’s perceived selective approach to enforcing security concerns raises questions about equity and fairness. The comparison Bakare draws between the treatment of political opponents and the leniency shown towards a militant like Asari Dokubo raises concerns about double standards within the agency. This, in turn, adds fuel to the broader debate about the role and priorities of Nigeria’s security apparatus.

Backing Up Bakare’s Concerns About the DSS: Silencing Dissent and the Abduction of Reportera’s CEO Brother

In a concerning parallel development that mirrors Pastor Tunde Bakare’s apprehensions, another incident involving the DSS has further amplified concerns about the agency’s impartiality and respect for human rights. Mr. Iruefi, the CEO of Reportera News Outlet, took to social media to voice his distress over the illegal abduction of his brother by the DSS. This situation adds a distressing layer to the ongoing discussions about the agency’s actions and motivations. Full details here.

Mr. Iruefi’s brother’s case brings to light the disturbing trend of employing security agencies to suppress dissenting political views. The CEO’s assertion that his brother was apprehended in connection with a lawsuit filed by a former minister against his media organization raises questions about the abuse of power for political gain. This incident resonates with Bakare’s observation that the DSS has acted as “Napoleon’s dogs,” targeting those perceived as political opponents while allowing other figures to operate with impunity.

As this ordeal continues, the glaring absence of accountability and transparency within the DSS becomes evident. The extended detention of Mr. Iruefi’s brother despite lacking any direct involvement in the case raises serious concerns about due process and human rights violations. The incident underscores the need for comprehensive reforms within Nigeria’s security agencies to ensure that they operate within the boundaries of the law and protect the rights of all citizens, regardless of their political affiliations.

Notably, as of the time of publishing this report, Mr. Chike Victor Ibezim, the brother of Reportera News CEO Mr. Iruefi, has not been released. This illegal detainment has spanned over 100 hours.

Additional Issues Raised by Tunde Bakare

In the midst of these controversies, Bakare’s call for a more just approach to governance resonates. He urges the government, and particularly Mr. Tinubu, to prioritize tackling corruption while protecting the interests of the poor. The removal of petrol subsidy, the handling of military interventions in neighboring countries, and the size of the government’s administration all come under scrutiny in Bakare’s address. He advocates for economic justice and a government that not only seeks to reform but also genuinely represents the people’s interests.

Conclusion

As the DSS continues to operate within a complex political landscape, its actions and motivations will remain under a microscope. Pastor Tunde Bakare’s address serves as a reminder that the agency’s actions carry weight beyond just security concerns; they impact the nation’s democracy, justice, and the overall well-being of its citizens.

The convergence of the Emefiele case, Pastor Tunde Bakare’s concerns and the Reportera incident paints a disturbing picture of an agency that wields significant power yet struggles to maintain impartiality and adhere to legal protocols. The DSS’s actions and their far-reaching consequences echo the urgency for comprehensive reform and transparency. As Nigeria grapples with these complex issues, the hope remains that the nation can pave a path toward justice, accountability, and a renewed commitment to the principles of democracy.

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