A legal practitioner and social critic, Inibehe Effiong, has alleged that the Department of State Services, DSS, is a political tool in the hands of every Aso Rock occupant.
He added that the secret police is notorious for bungling cases and creating needless political tensions.
In a statement via his Twitter handle on Saturday, Effiong claimed the DSS, also known as the State Security Service, SSS, needs to rethink its involvement in cases, insisting it is embarrassing.
His statement followed a report that the Federal Government had filed a charge against the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, at the Federal High Court, boardering on illegal possession of firearms.
The human rights lawyer stated that illegal possession of firearms is a crime for the police, noting that it is ridiculous to detain Emefiele for one month only to come up with the charge.
He added, “it seems the suspension and arrest of Emefiele were not propelled by any interest in holding him accountable for mismanagement of public resources, but a political vendetta.”
He wrote, “The SSS has taken Nigerians for granted again. I’m upset about the two-count charge filed against suspended CBN Governor, Emefiele.
“Illegal possession of firearms without more is a crime for the police. It’s ridiculous to detain Emefiele for one month only to come up with this.
“I have always maintained the position that the SSS is essentially a political tool in the hands of every occupant of Aso Rock. They are notorious for bungling cases and creating needless political tensions. The SSS needs to rethink its involvement in cases. It’s embarrassing.
“The Naira redesign policy is not a crime, and it is immaterial whether it was properly implemented or not. It seems the suspension and arrest of Emefiele were not propelled by any interest in holding him accountable for mismanagement of public resources but a political vendetta.
“Where are the charges on terrorism financing?
“Why is Mr. Tinubu handling this case like this?
“Many Nigerians supported Emefiele’s suspension because he made nonsense of the CBN’s regulatory processes and independence. We wanted better monetary policies from the CBN.
“However, with the way the case is going, it appears that the government has a different agenda.”