We did not imprison Yari because he rejected Tinubu’s phone call- DSS

The Department of State Services (DSS) on Sunday denied that Senator Abdulaziz Yari was arrested because he refused to pick President Bola Tinubu’s phone call.

Spokesman of the Service, Dr Peter Afunanya, in a statement illustrated it as laughable.

He however confirmed Yari was invited by the Service but did not disclose why.

The DSS spokesman said Yari knows why he was persuaded.

He also denied charges that the Service of snooping on Judges on the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT).

Afunanya also denied reports that Service stormed the Independent Corrupt Pratices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and carted away certain files from them.

He disproved reports that there is a rumble in the DSS due to nepotism.

Afunanya in an unusually long statement on Sunday, said: “The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to false reports by sections of the online media particularly SaharaReporters, Peoples Gazette and Jackson Ude.

“The so called news platforms variously and wrongly fed the public with deceiving narratives and accusations against the Service.

“For instance, SaharaReporters wrote that the Service stormed the Independent Corrupt Pratices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and carted away certain files from them.

“Jackson Ude falsely claimed that there is a rumble in the DSS due to nepotism. He further accused the Service of snooping on Judges on the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

“On its part, Peoples Gazette reported that Senator Abdulaziz Yari was arrested for alleged refusal to pick the President’s phone call (whatever that meant).

“There are other variants of groundless and anonymous petitions flying around against the DGSS, his family and some officials.

Edited by Damilola Adeleke

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