The Department of State Services (DSS) has debunked claims that it arrested and detained seven members of staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Reports earlier claimed that DSS arrested some ICT staff of INEC for disclosing the commission’s server identity number to the PDP and its presidential candidate in the February 23 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The Public Relations Officer of the DSS, Mr Peter Afunanya, in a statement in Abuja, dismissed the report.
According to Afunanya, the report also stated that the DSS tortured the staff of INEC for three days, in order to find out the one who gave out the information.
“The service wishes to state that the information in its entirety is false and should be seen as a calculated effort to smear its image.
“It states categorically that none of such things happened as it never invited or arrested any INEC staff.
“There is no iota of truth in these allegations and the public is, therefore, enjoined to disregard them. They are simply manipulative, misleading, inciting and can only be considered as mischievous and unpatriotic,” he said.
Recalling that the DSS was recently honoured by international election Observer for its neutrality in the general elections, he assured the public that the service would continue to conduct itself in the manner that had earned it an honour.
“The service will not condone deliberate acts of subversion and sabotage aimed at harming the peace of the nation,” added.