The Department of State Security Services, DSS, has denied that it arrested and detained seven members of staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Peter Afunanya, the Public Relations Officer of the Service, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, on Saturday.
A social media report had alleged that the DSS arrested some ICT staff of INEC, for disclosing the Commission’s server identity number to the PDP and its Presidential Candidate, in the just-concluded 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar.
He stated that the report went further reveal that the staff were detained and tortured for three days by the Service, to find out who among them gave out the information.
The DSS Spokesman, maintained that the report also revealed that they were hurriedly released by the Service, when their wives threatened to jointly go on a public protest.
“The Service wishes to state that the information in its entirety is false, and should be seen as a calculated effort to smear its image.
“It states categorically, that none of such things happened, as it never invited or arrested any INEC staff.
“There is no iota of truth in these allegations, and the public is therefore, enjoined to disregard them. They are simply manipulative, misleading, inciting, and can only be considered as mischievous and unpatriotic”, he said.
Afunanya recalled, that the DSS was recently honoured by an International Election Observer group, for its neutrality and professionalism during the general elections.
He assured the public that the Service will continue to conduct itself in the manner that has earned it honour.
Afunanya warned mischief-makers who are desirous of using fake news to cause break down of law and order, to desist from such.
“The Service will not condone deliberate acts of subversion and sabotage, aimed at harming the peace of the nation”, he said.
The Spokesman, warned that those bent on causing disaffection will be brought to justice.