Dangiwa accuses SSS of frame-up plot
Northern govs, herdsmen in closed-door meeting
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.
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