DSS Operatives ‘Shoot’ Tailor, Apprentice for ‘Disappointing’ Customer in Abuja

Some personnel of the Department of State Security (DSS) have reportedly shot a tailor alongside an apprentice in Garki, Abuja.

A counterinsurgency and security expert, Zagazola Makama, disclosed this in a Twitter post on Thursday. 

According to him, a lady had on September 7, called some DSS personnel to arrest her tailor in Garki Market for failing to deliver her clothes.

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Upon arrival at the scene, the DSS opened fire on the tailor [on his leg] and a stray bullet also penetrated his apprentice, a woman.

The victims’ identities could not be confirmed at press time.

The tailor

Angered by the event, marketers in the area were reported to have been angered by the activity, attempting to lynch the DSS officers. 

The apprentice 

As seen in the video attached to the tweet, a man, supposedly the injured tailor,  was seen lying on the ground while a mob tried to block the vehicle of the DSS. As the car sped away, the mob also pelted it with stones.

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Reacting, Peter Afunanya, spokesman for DSS said the secret police have commenced investigation into the matter.

Afunanya confirmed this in a statement, yesterday, on Twitter, assuring that the public will be duly informed immediately. He added that the officers will be punished if found guilty.

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He stated: “The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to an incident that occurred a few hours ago (today, 7/9/2023) between its staff and a mob at the Garki Market, Abuja. Information at the disposal of the Service was that its FCT Command responded to an SOS from their field operatives who allegedly came under a mob attack in the said market.

“Consequently, the Service has commenced an investigation into the matter. The public is assured that details of the inquiries will be communicated as soon as possible. The Service assures that it will not hesitate to mete out proper disciplinary measure(s) to its staff if found culpable or running foul of Standard Operating Procedures on dealing with a member of the public.”


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