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Sen. Dino Melaye not abducted but transferred to own medical facility–DSS

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Senator Iroegbu

The Department of State Services (DSS) has debunked the news making the round that its operatives, on Friday, January 11,  abducted Sen. Dino Melaye from the Police hospital and forcefully took him to the Service’s medical facility in Abuja.  

The Public Relations Officer, DSS, Mr. Peter Afunanya, in statement late Friday night, clarified  that the information, as being misrepresented by sections of the media, is far from the truth. 

“It had, at no time, abducted the Senator,” Afunanya stated.

He said: “The fact is that it was the Police that brought him to the DSS facility after obtaining a 14-day detention warrant with effect from 9th January, 2019.  The aim of bringing him to the Service’s facility is to complement Police efforts in giving the Senator a deserved medical attention. 

“Consequently, the Service, in line with medical ethics and spirit of inter-agency cooperation, accepted him.”

The Spokesperson stresses that this clarification has become necessary in order to address the false allegation that hooded men suspected to be DSS operatives abducted the Senator from the Police hospital.  

To this end, he assured the public of its commitment to professionalism and respect for human rights in its operational engagements. 

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