The Department of State Services, DSS, has denied that its operatives abducted Sen. Dino Melaye as alleged in some media.
In a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, it explained that the police brought Dino to its medical facility, insisting there was no time Dino was abducted by the service.
The statement read: “The Service wishes to state that the information, as being misrepresented by sections of the media, is far from the truth.
“The fact is that it was the Police that brought him to the DSS facility after obtaining a 14-day detention warrant with effect from Jan.9.
“The aim of bringing him to the Service’s facility is to complement Police efforts in giving the Senator a deserved medical attention.”
Afunanya explained that the Service accepted him in line with medical ethics and spirit of inter-agency cooperation.
According to him the clarification became necessary to address the allegation that hooded men suspected to be DSS operatives abducted him from the Police hospital.
“The DSS, therefore, reiterates and assures the public of its commitment to professionalism and respect for human rights in its operational engagements,” he said.
Recall that the Force Spokesman, acting DCP Jimoh Moshood had earlier explained in a statement that Dino was temporarily relocated to the DSS facility in Abuja, for further medical attention and as part of preliminary arrangements for his coming trial in Lokoja, Kogi State.
He had stressed that Melaye was not taken any police cell or detention facility as reported by a section of the media.
The Police spokesman noted that despite claims by the embattled Senator, the police medical team has not been able to find anything to confirm he has any infirmity that could delay his trial in Lokoja.
Recall again that Melaye collapsed after surrendering to the police who had laid siege on his residence for about eight days for failing to honour its invitation with regards to accusation of attempted culpable homicide.