(Security) DSS Set To Investigate Okirika Shooting Incident At APC Rally

Following an attack on the All Progressive Congress (APC) rally in Rivers State, the Department of State Service (DSS), Tuesday, said it had taken over the matter for a thorough investigation.

SSS spokeswoman Marilyn Ogar

The service also noted that it would not wait for people with questionable characters to disrupt the forthcoming general elections; hence, it would take them in before the polls.

This was coming, when the Federal government disclosed that the Nigerian Troops had arrested some insurgents, who were taking shelter at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the north east of the country.

The Spokesperson of the DSS, Marilyn Ogar, who stated this while briefing newsmen on the security situation in the country, in Abuja, confirmed that there had been a profiling of people with bad records, to take a preventive measure.

The governorship campaign rally of the APC, in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State was disrupted on Tuesday as several explosions rocked the Okrika National Field, venue of the event.

Fielding questions from journalists on the issue, Ogar said; “We are investigating it, that is why we are saying, if you have observed that there is a new face, unexplained movement of person or people you don’t know, sudden business concern cropping up around you, you need to alert security agencies, so, we are definitely investigating it.

“And of course far beyond that, there is profiling of those who their presence in certain areas cannot be easily and immediately explained. So, may be on the election day, one group will get up and someone supportive has been whisked away, we have profiled people with questionable character and just before election they are taken in.”

The Coordinator of the National Information Centre (NIC), Mr Mike Omeri also disclosed that some terrorists had been arrested at the IDP camps in the north east.

Omeri, who decline to speak more on the matter, citing security as excuse, said the military bombardment on Boko Haram hideouts had forced some insurgents to take shelter at the IDP camps.

According to him, “At the appropriate time, we will parades this people to journalists, but please bear with us. Let me make this explanation from the intelligent sources on those they arrested, they gathered that once they know that somebody is taken, it aggravates problem.

“So, it is better we keep quiet and safe until we see the end to this problem. Once it is done, then, the total number will be made known to you, and their faces will also be made available to media appropriately.

“Normally the Department of State Service has always made this available to Journalists, this will not be different.”

Omeri maintained that the Federal Government had made laudable improvement on the fight against terrorism, calling on the general public to be vigilant, as some insurgents were leaving their hideouts to mix with the populace.

“There has been increased regional cooperation between the countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission resulting in the recapture of territories by the Nigerian military and the multi-national forces which are, simultaneously, shielding off new attacks. The fight against Boko Haram is, therefore, gaining the regional solidarity it deserves.

“Particularly, Nigerian troops have recaptured the towns of Monguno and Marte, among others, while military operations are continuing at other locations in the area.

“However, because of the heavy bombardment of various Boko Haram hideouts, there has been massive dispersal of these elements to various locations including the numerous IDP camps from where many of them have been smoked out and arrested.

“Therefore, people living in relatively peaceful places within and near the north east region and, in fact, all Nigerians are urged to be vigilant and report strange faces and movements promptly to the security authorities,” he said.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: