The Department of State Service of Nigeria has denied the allegations going round of the arrest of renowned author and columnist, Dr. Chido Onumah. DSS made it known that the Service engaged the writer in an interaction following what it described as a threat to the national security and public order. This statement was contained and signed by the Public Relations Officer of the DSS, Dr Peter Afunnaya, in Abuja today Monday 30th September 2019.
The statement reads in part:
“To set the records straight, Onumah was never arrested by the Service, he was rather brought in for an interaction during which the act of the capability of undermining public order and national security was explained to him.
“On his arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on 29th September, 2019, it was discovered that Onumah wore a T-shirt with ‘WE ARE ALL BIAFRANS’ inscribed on it.
“With credible intelligence that he might be a subject of mob attack if allowed to go into town in that cloth, the Service invited him and made it known to him the implications of his actions.
The service believed that an attack on Onumah would have sparked ethnoreligious retaliation, which would have come with dire consequences for law and order and public safety in the country. DSS insisted that it acted within the boundaries of its mandate and only carried out its routine security duty that could have been discharged by any similar agency in any part of the world.