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El-Zakzaky, Dasuki Remain In DSS Custody Because We Take Good Care Of Them – Spokesman

The Nigerian Department of State Service (DSS) says its prisoners like the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and the ex National Security Adviser (NSA) is being taken care of.

The DSS said the duo chose to remain in its custody because of the way its taking good care of them.

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DSS Operatives

The Statement was made by the DSS spokesman Peter Afunanya on Friday.

His defence is following the backlash from the Secret Police continuous detention of some notable Nigerians despite court’s orders to release them.

There had also been attacks including protest against the DSS over its refusal to release the convener of RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore despite two court orders for his release.

Afunanya said El-Zakzaky, Dasuki and Sowore all appealed to court to remain in the DSS custody instead of prison.

“There has been outcry about alleged illegal detention of some notable persons undergoing trials at the Courts and disobedience to Court Orders by the Service. To put the records straight, the Service wishes to advert public attention to the circumstances that warranted the custody of Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky in its facility,” the statement read.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the duo had appealed to the Courts to be left in the custody of the Service instead of being taken to the Correctional Centres. Well-meaning Nigerians are equally witnesses to the case of Omoleye Sowore, who, on a similar order of the Court, was to be remanded at the Kuje or Suleja Centre, but preferred to be kept at the DSS.

“Everyone, also, saw what eventually played out with El-Zakzaky, when he opted to be returned to the custody of the Service even as the Court had granted him leave to seek medical care in India. These were choices these personalities made on their own volition.”

The DSS spokesman said these men could not have been treated better as their wives bring them their favourite food everyday, adding that “they are allowed access to people and use of other facilities like telephones, gymnasium, TV, newspapers and medical facilities.”

“Against the wrong perception that the Service held these persons in defiance to Court Orders, it is obvious, by the above explanations, that they rather chose be looked after by the DSS. The reason for such choice is not farfetched. It is simply because the Service’s holding facilities are good and within acceptable international standards,” it read.

The DSS had refused to release Sowore, Dasuki and El-Zakzaky despite several court directives. The former NSA and the leader of the IMN have been in custody since 2015 while Sowore was arrested in August. d.

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