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DSS Boss pledges commitment to protect rights of citizens

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•Honoured by inter’l elections observer group

Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, has stated that he is committed to the rights of citizens and will endeavour to strike a balance with state security.

This is just as he pledged to maintain standards in line with domestic and international laws on human rights.

According to a statement by the Public Relations Officer, DSS, Peter Afunanya, the DG made the pledge during a courtesy visit by a delegation of the election monitoring group, the International Human Rights Commission, Switzerland, led by Solomon Semaka, Alternate Chair, Committee on Civil/Military Affairs (Nigeria) of the Commission on Wednesday in Abuja.

Afunanya said the DG explained that the DSS has internal control systems to ensure that its staff adhere strictly to code of conduct, rule of engagement and Standard Operation Procedures in enforcement actions.

Bichi further disclosed that the Service had long established Human Rights Desks and even created the Public Relations unit for ease of public access and communication.

Afunanya further informed that the Delegation, during the visit presented an award of honour to the DG

Afunanya explained that the award is in recognition of the exemplary performance by the Service and its personnel during the just concluded 2019 general elections.

He added that the group also paid glowing tributes to operatives for their professional conduct and appreciable respect for Human Rights in the course of discharging election duties and also expressed satisfaction with the neutrality of the Organisation during the elections.

According to the statement, the group enjoined the DG to advance other platforms that will further promote international protocols on human and civil rights of citizens. 

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