Suswam: DSS boss under heat as Rights Group writes Buhari
Nigerian Concord can authoritatively report that the Director General of the Department of State Security (DSS), Mr.. Lawal Daura, has been put under unbearable heat by the Presidency for failing to arraign or release a former governor of Benue state, Dr.. Gabriel Suswam, who has been detained by the agency since February 25, 2017.
A source at the Presidency hinted that the present troubles which Lawal Daura is facing were borne out of the petition which a Human Rights group sent to President Mohammadu Buhari last week.
According to our source, the petition was addressed and sent to President Buhari by the Nigerian Human Rights Advocate (NHRA) through the president’s protocol unit.
The source added that the president after he was briefed about the petition, told his people of his readiness to force the DSS boss to resign if he is found culpable of human right abuse against Dr. Suswam.
According to the source, the president has asked that the role of the DSS in the frame up and illegal detention of the former governor be investigated thoroughly.
This newspaper also gathered that President Buhari had also been informed on how the governor of Benue state, Chief Samuel Ortom, signed a deal with the security agency to put Suswam behind bars till after the June 3 local government election in the state.
This newspaper had earlier reported that it was after Buhari refused to join Ortom and others in caging Suswam illegally that Senators Akume and Bola Tinubu took the governor to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who approved Suswam’s arrest shortly after the president left the country for the United Kingdom where he recently got medical treatments.
However, the petition which was signed by the legal adviser of the group, Barrister Jude EJikeme esq. reported the DSS under Daura of giving the APC-led Federal government a bad name for denying the former governor his fundamental human rights.
The group expressed its displeasure over the way the president has been silent on how politicians especially chieftains of the APC have been using the DSS to victimise opposition leaders.
The group noted that it isn’t surprised each time any chieftain of the opposition party defects to the APC. “They are scared of being put behind bars indefinitely” it added.
The petition also stated that the DSS has the rights to invite and detain suspects but stressed that such detention must not be more than 48 hours after which such suspect should be granted bail or charged to court.
The group urged the president to urgently ask the DSS boss to explain his interest in Suswam’s case which has stopped him from either granting him a bail or charge him to court.
“If the DSS had not been politicized, the agency would have done what is right in the case of former governor Gabriel Suswam.
“This case against Dr.. Suswam is purely political and President Buhari needs to act fast in order to save the highly revered security agency from losing its integrity and credibility.
“The president should not also allow politicians to make the public have the impression that his fights against corruption and crimes are only against the opposition” the petition reads in parts.
According to the group, the president should understand that this country is under a democratic government.
It added that allowing the DSS to continue with its illegality and impunity would mean that President Buhari is still ruling Nigerians with the Military Decree.
Finally, the petition expressed the group’s determination to take the case to the United Nations if the president fails to force the DSS to either release Suswam on bail or charge him to court for criminal charges.