The Department of State Services has refuted an allegation that five of its personnel allegedly aided Mr. Nnamdi Kanu to escape from Nigeria .
Kanu , leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra , escaped from his abode in Umuahia , Abia State on September 14, 2017 . He, however, showed up in Jerusalem , Israel on Friday.
Before his sudden disappearance , Kanu was being tried by the Federal Government for treason , but was granted bail by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja .
Spokesperson for the DSS , Mr. Peter Afunanya , in a statement in Abuja on Monday , described the rumour alleging that operatives of the agency helped Kanu to escape as “ malicious . ”
He said , “ The Service wishes to state that the news is fake , mischievous and defamatory . It is nothing but a figment of the imagination of the originators .
“ The public should , by now , have noted the antics of Kanu , IPOB and their collaborators whose stock in trade is to peddle unfounded rumours , gossips and propaganda aimed at subverting the government , its key agencies and officials .
“ The DSS is aware that some unscrupulous elements are keen on exploiting the situation to constitute a nuisance to the freedoms of all persons as guaranteed in the Constitution and as well disrupt the forthcoming general elections.
“ The DSS will not stand by idly and watch these undesirable elements achieve their aims.
“ It is to be further emphasised that the indissolubility, unity and indivisibility of our beloved country is sacred . ”
Afunanya called on those he described as “ obstructive planners against the unity of Nigeria ” to know that no individual or group can be bigger than this country.
He, therefore , reassured residents about their safety and the DSS ’ s commitment to providing an enabling environment for peace and stability in the country. CC: PunchNg
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