Dangiwa ac­cuses SSS of frame-up plot

North­ern govs, herds­men in closed-door meet­ing

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Mis­bahu Bashir, Kaduna By Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

For­mer mil­i­tary gover­nor of Kaduna State and so­cial com­men­ta­tor, re­tired Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar, yes­ter­day al­leged that the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the State Se­cu­rity Ser­vice, Ita Ekpey­ong, was feed­ing the pres­i­dency with false se­cu­rity re­ports meant to harm his rep­u­ta­tion.

Dangiwa who spoke to Daily Trust yes­ter­day in Kaduna said Mr. Ekpeny­ong must have doc­tored a re­port against him and sent it to Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan and other se­cu­rity agencies se­quel to his open con­dem­na­tion on the way the ser­vice killed seven squat­ters at an un­com­pleted build­ing in Apo, Abuja in con­junc­tion with the army. The ser­vice had main­tained that the squat­ters were ter­ror­ists and its op­er­a­tives came un­der fire while con­duct­ing search and seizure in the build­ing. Umar had said the ser­vice had no ev­i­dence and urged the federal govern­ment to in­ves­ti­gate mat­ter. The Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion later in­ves­ti­gated the mat­ter and ac­cused both the SSS and the army of ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings and asked them to com­pen­sate the vic­tims.

Umar also ac­cused the SSS of high­hand­ed­ness, in­com­pe­tence and abuse of hu­man rights af­ter the ar­rest of Dr. Muham­mad Yunus of the Kogi State Univer­sity over al­leged links with the Boko Haram. Yunus is still in de­ten­tion.

He said in the re­port, the SSS Di­rec­tor Gen­eral ac­cused him of plot­ting to desta­bi­lize the federal govern­ment by re­cruit­ing and arm­ing a mili­tia group in col­lab­o­ra­tion with some in­flu­en­tial in­di­vid­u­als at a meet­ing in his house in Kaduna on April 2, 2014. He said per­son­nel of the ser­vice ac­tu­ally re­vealed the con­tent of the re­port to many people, in­clud­ing him, adding that the pres­i­dent could not ac­cept it be­cause it was full of lies.

Ac­cord­ing to him, those said to be at the meet­ing in­cluded a po­lice AIG who died in the 1990s and many oth­ers. The meet­ing was said to have re­solved to arm 200 youths for the pur­pose of desta­bil­is­ing the federal govern­ment.

Dangiwa said the DG who based his re­port on sources was sum­moned by Pres­i­dent Jonathan and asked to re­veal the iden­tity of the sources within 48 hours, adding that the pres­i­dent had jet­ti­soned the re­port. He added that other se­cu­rity agencies could not agree with the re­port.

“Most of the se­cu­rity agencies that re­ceived the re­port later found it dis­turb­ing and lack­ing cred­i­bil­ity. They ad­vised the DG to au­then­ti­cate his sources and the con­tents of the re­port which could not be rec­on­ciled with my an­tecedents. The DG was how­ever adamant,” Dangiwa said.

Daily Trust could not get SSS re­ac­tion to Dangiwa’s al­le­ga­tions yes­ter­day, as a text sent to SSS head­quar­ters spokesper­son Mar­i­lyn Ogar was not replied to by the time of go­ing to press last night. North­ern gov­er­nors last night went into closed door meet­ing with the Miyetti Al­lah cat­tle rear­ers as­so­ci­a­tion of the 19 states in the re­gion.

The meet­ing is be­ing held to dis­cuss in­ci­dents of herders-farm­ers clashes.

There have been high num­ber of deaths recorded in Benue, Plateau, Zam­fara and Katsina states, which were largely at­trib­uted to the face off be­tween the two sides.

Though there was no of­fi­cial state­ment as at press time, an in­sider said is­sues to be dis­cussed at the meet­ing were the fall out of the meet­ing the gov­er­nors had ear­lier yes­ter­day with Pres­i­dent Jonathan.

Present at the meet­ing were the chair­man of the fo­rum, Niger State Gover­nor Muazu Ba­bangida Aliyu, and his coun­ter­parts Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Mukhtar Ra­malan Yero (Kaduna), Idris Wada (Kogi), Sa’idu Dakingari (Kebbi), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), Gabriel Suswan (Benue) and Umaru Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa).

Oth­ers were Act­ing gover­nor of Taraba State Garba Umar, and deputy gov­er­nors of Plateau and Kano states.

PHOTO

Staff be­ing res­cued af­ter be­ing trapped for about an hour in a faulty lift at the Na­tional As­sem­bly Com­plex in Abuja yes­ter­day. IBRAHIM KABIRU SULE

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