The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mammud Yakubu, is not being sued by the Department of State Services (DSS), according to Dr. Peter Afunanya, the DSS’s spokesperson.
Afunanya in a statement on Friday stated that, the “attention of the Service has been drawn to an online publication by the Daily Trust” in which it reported that “Court Stops DSS from Arresting INEC Chairman”.
According to him, “The Service has discovered that the newspaper skewed what transpired at the Court and reported it out of context. It is against this backdrop that the Service pointed out its disapproval to the Editorial authorities of the Newspaper.
“The outfit, which though argued that what was reported in its online version was different from the hard copy, promised to address the concerns raised but did not.
“This statement, however, becomes important to guide public understanding and perception, especially that the said report is misleading. It falsely left an impression that the Service went to Court against the INEC Chairman.
“Nonetheless, the Service is aware of the antics of some mischievous elements who are desirous of fomenting crisis in the country, including creating unnecessary controversies around the forthcoming general elections.
“One of their strategies is to subvert the efforts of the Service in ensuring peaceful coexistence and harmony. Another is a determination to overheat the polity and subtly exploit the judiciary to distract or even undermine not only the Service but other security and law enforcement agencies from undertaking their constitutional roles.”
The Service cautioned people and organizations to abandon their cunning intentions. Additionally, it cautioned all significant stakeholders to exercise caution and oppose any attempt to use them to subvert the law.
The Service urged everyone to join in the effort to achieve national stability and unity while assuring Nigerians and the international community of its commitment to the maintenance of law and order, including the accomplishment of a free and fair election in 2023 as already promised by Mr. President and Commander-in-Chief.