Abuja Blasts: DSS Has Become Inefficient Under Daura – PDP

LAWAN-DAURA

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday blamed the leadership of the Department for State Security (DSS) over last Friday’s multiple suicide bombings in Abuja, saying the agency is not in full grip of Nigeria’s security intelligence.

In a statement signed by the party’s acting national chairman, Uche Secondus, the party condemned the resurgence of terrorism and renewed attacks at the FCT.

“That the Abuja coordinated attacks came just as the nation was already celebrating the success of our security forces in their efforts to rout terrorists, indicates either a fact of dereliction of duty or sabotage against the anti-terrorism fight,” the statement read.

“Whereas we have remained steadfast in our commitment to support each and every policy adopted by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari aimed at ending terrorism, especially knowing the importance of secured environment in achieving peaceful co-existence, an imperative for development.

“And whereas we are aware that a bomb is an ill-wind that blows no good to anybody in the community, scaring away potential investors, we are therefore duty bound to draw attention to certain grave factors, possibly leading to the unfortunate resurgence, which, if unchecked could worsen the ugly situation.

“Our checks reveal that poor intelligence gathering by the Department of State Services (DSS) and other relevant intelligence group is largely, if not directly responsible for the resurgence of terrorists, who have earlier been pushed to the precipices in the Sambisa forest in Borno state, to the extent that they have slipped back into other cities, including the nation’s capital.

“From all indications, the DSS under the watch of the current Director- General, Alhaji Lawal Daura does not seem to be in full grip of the intelligence situation.

“This is apparently traceable to the avoidable distractions occasioned by the flagrant use of the agency for political assignments since the emergence of the new Director-General, in addition to the apparent administrative disharmony within the service, all resulting in the erosion of professionalism, harmony and loyalty among personnel.

“In the last few months, the DSS, instead of concentrating on its primary statutory duties of providing domestic intelligence, security service and criminal investigations for the state, has, under the new Director-General, directed all its energies on political matters; chasing after opposition elements, interfering in election tribunal activities, intimidating and hounding tribunal witnesses, while terrorists resurge, and combatant security forces left with scanty intelligence.

“The situation with the DSS has become so pathetic that it could not even effectively analyze reported suspicious tweets “predicting the attacks” as a cue to forestall last Friday’s attack in Abuja and other parts of the country.

“Indeed, our nation cannot afford a retrogression from the gains already made in the fight against terrorism due to the failure of a disorganized, improperly coordinated and distracted intelligence agency, that is not able to live up to its billing.

“It is on this note therefore that we urge President Buhari, as a matter of urgency, to take a critical look at the situation in the DSS, overhauls its management, administration and operations to ensure that the required leadership and spirit needed to operate optimally exist in the agency.

“We wish to note that our position is beyond politics. Security is a matter that concerns all Nigerians irrespective of political, religious and ethnic affiliation and must be taken seriously in the general interest of our dear nation.

“This nation belongs to all of us and we, as citizens and critical stakeholders must join hands, irrespective of our political differences, to ensure that we give the Federal Government the required support in the fight against terrorism in our country.

“A great nation is the dream and aspiration of every Nigerian and that was demonstrated just on Thursday, when the populace renewed their faith in the oneness and progress of the country during the 55th Independence anniversary celebration.”

At least 15 people were killed in the blasts that happened at Kuje and Nyanya areas of Abuja.

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3 Comments

  • The DG, SSS should not be blame for the Abuja bomb blast. People by now should be security alert in a sense that, the country is currently facing security challenges. And security is every man business. PDP should be focusing in mourning their last presidential defeat rather than critism.

    • The head of department of state service Nigeria. I want use this opportunity to tell Nigerians that if any thing should happen to the Radio Director Nnamdi Kanu, Nigeria will never in their lives exist again. Every body in Nigeria will go down take note of this. For someone to said he will not leave with you again is that a crime? I don’t want be a Nigerian again is that a crime? Why don’t Nigeria allow Biafran to have their freedom? One Nigeria under my foot, Nigeria full of corruption, killing, fraud, cheating, uncivilized, name them all. What is good about Nigeria? People are suffering, No water, No electricity, No good road, what is good to talk about in Nigeria?

  • The head of department of state service Nigeria. I want use this opportunity to tell Nigerians that if any thing should happen to the Radio Director Nnamdi Kanu, Nigeria will never in their lives exist again. Every body in Nigeria will go down take note of this. For someone to said he will not leave with you again is that a crime? I don’t want be a Nigerian again is that a crime? Why don’t Nigeria allow Biafran to have their freedom? One Nigeria under my foot, Nigeria full of corruption, killing, fraud, cheating, uncivilized, name them all. What is good about Nigeria? People are suffering, No water, No electricity, No good road, what is good to talk about in Nigeria?

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