By Chuks Oyema-Aziken
Newly appointed Acting Director General of the Department of State Services, (DSS) Mr Seiyefa Matthew has pledged to review cases of unlawful detentions and human rights abuses by the service, which characterized the administration of ousted DG, Lawal Daura.
Seiyefa who spoke to journalists at the SSS headquarters in Abuja, said the service would remain focused and professional in protecting national interest.
“We are reviewing all issues that have brought about unhealthy perceptions about the service in recent times including detentions and perceived human rights abuses,” he said.
“We will respect the rights of groups or individuals as long as they are legitimate. We will work on the basis of our core roles and mandate which are the detection and prevention of threats against the internal security of Nigeria.
“We will not tolerate the abuse of freedom of Nigerians and we will not be intimidated nor cowed as we will protect our mandate.”
Seiyefa promised that the agency will be reformed to promote the overall interest of the country, irrespective of region.
He also promised increased partnership with other security agencies and relevant stakeholders in the country to provide security to the citizenry.
He further disclosed that the service would uphold and the rule of law in the discharge of its mandate.
He did not give any definite decision on the fate of retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser. He said he will study his case and that of others.
He promised that the relationship with the media will be intensified with the appointment of a spokesperson for the service.
“The issue of having a spokesperson to respond to media inquiries is under active consideration,” he said