SSS shackled, blindfolded our staff for days for ‘false confession’ – APC

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the DSS of resorting to the use of torture to obtain forced confessions from the workers who were arrested during the first raid on the party’s Data Centre in Ikeja, calling it a contravention of the UN Convention against Torture to which Nigeria is a signatory and a violation of the citizens’ fundamental human rights.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said for the avoidance of doubt, it is necessary to quote a relevant section of the UN Convention to put the DSS on notice that it may be treading on dangerous ground, as it continues in its efforts to intimidate, harass and weaken the opposition to give the PDP an undue advantage ahead of next year’s polls.

It quoted Part 1 Article 1 of the UN Convention as saying in part: ”For the purpose of this Convention, torture means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession……”

APC said the DSS personnel who arrested the workers shackled their hands and legs and blindfolded them while they were being taken to Abuja.

”The workers remained in chains even at the dark detention cell where they were made to sleep on the bare floor for the 10 days they were detained illegally, while none of their family members knew their whereabouts all through their ordeal. Guns were pointed at their heads by DSS personnel who threatened to shoot them, while verbal insults were hauled at them as if they were common criminals. It is simply incredible that Nigerians can be treated like this under a democratic
dispensation,” it said.

APC also said a pregnant woman among those who were arrested was denied access to her drugs even when she started bleeding due to the torture to which she was subjected by the DSS.

The party said having coerced, tortured and bullied them to say and write what suits the purpose of the DSS, the agency now gleefully issued a statement saying what it has found during its investigations, in the wake of the illegal raid on the APC Data Centre, will shock the world.

”DSS, Nigerians and indeed the entire world are already shocked by your actions, including the resort to the use of torture, in violation of an international Convention which Nigeria has signed and ratified, to obtain false information from the arrested APC workers. What more shock can come from an institution of state that treated Nigerian citizens like animals in a gross violation of fundamental human rights?

”What more shock can come from an institution of state that has now so shamelessly become the enforcement arm of the ruling PDP, to such an extent that it would even engage in untold illegal acts just to demonize the opposition. What more shock can come from an institution of state that could resort to this crude tactics even under a democratic dispensation?” it queried.

APC vowed to seek justice for the innocent Nigerians who were treated worse than prisoners of war in their own country, by an agency of state that is maintained with tax payers’ funds, and which is expected to be fair and non-partisan in its operations.

The party also said every legal measure would be taken to ensure that the DSS does not profit from its wanton use of torture, intimidation and verbal assault of innocent citizens to obtain forced confessions just to satisfy its masters

It reiterated its earlier call on all Nigerians with the necessary influence, including statesmen, professionals, as well as religious leaders, to call the DSS to order before it plunges the nation into chaos with its shameless, unprofessional and crude tactics in support of a desperate power mongers.

”Our democracy is in clear and present danger, not just from desperate politicians, but also from institutions of state that have compromised in their roles and resorted to crass lawlessness,” APC said.

Lai Mohammed
National Publicity Secretary
All Progressives Congress (APC)
Lagos, Dec. 5th 2014


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  • Ashibogu

    Politicians should not plunge our nation into a catastrophic crisis. They have caused enough problems for us. They should leave us alone. As for politicians in various state institutions being used to subvert our national interests, their day will certainly come. For surely, as noted in the Scripture of truth in Ezekiel 21, there is a day in which iniquity will definitely come to an end.

  • MushinSpeaks

    Let GEJ continue with his atrocities and misconduct; that impunity covers his misdeeds now doesnt mean it will last forever.

    If he can do this to the opposition, then we are not safe! No one is safe under this GEJ led government; you can be declared missing anytime and you are gone.

    GEJ Out! CHANGE we want.

  • Tolu

    If you believe this, you will believe anything.
    Lying Old Men..pathetic..

  • Godfrey Etokebe

    DSS said that they (APC staffs) were caught in the act of cloning PVCs for use in election rigging. To my GREATEST SURPRISE, APC has not refuted this GRAVE ACCUSATION. Instead, APC is trying to tarnish the image and reputation of DSS by FALSELY accusing this establishment of torture. Firstly, APC, PROVE TO THE WORLD THAT YOU ARE NOT CYBER CRIMINALS by disproving the DSS accusation to the extent that we do not REASONABLY doubt you. Otherwise, (APC) will REMAIN CYBER CRIMINALS in the HEARTS and MINDS of the NIGERIAN PEOPLE. We the Nigerian People
    will not have anything to With CRIMINALS of ANY KIND or NATURE.

    • Na wa

      Your brain is upside down. First of all, it is the job of the DSS to prove that they’ve found incriminating evidence, not for the accused to disprove any accusation. If someone accuses you of committing a crime, they have to tender proof. Let the DSS tender proof that PVCs were being cloned. The APC has refuted the accusation of cloning PVCs and have even asked the DSS to disclose the contents of the seized hard drives and memory banks. Secondly, APC say their staff members were tortured and the testimony of the victims will be used to make their case. I hate to have to defend these guys because Tinubu and co are as corrupt as the PDP they so despise, but do not turn simple things upside down to suit your agenda.

      • Godfrey Etokebe

        ”DEFENCE” is a LEGAL terminology. When was it thrown away from Our legal process?

        • tundemash

          If Defence is a legal terminology , why hasn’t DSS charged APC to court ?

          A monkey thinks better than you !!! I hope you have collected your own stove for this job you are doing .

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            Has APC gotten a COURT INJUNCTION against the terminology ”LEGAL DEFENCE” yet? This is because APC has been busy getting COURT INJUNCTIONS against anything that is NORMAL in a society!!!

          • Tonnero

            Old boy, try keeping quiet and nodding occasionally. Some may actually think you are wise. You are embarrassing all of us here with this level of thinking.

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            I am glad the GOD gave me the brain to think normally and not in DISARRAY like you APC BIGOTS (according by your definition above)!!!

    • Dr. Kay

      Imbecile,Mumu, dindinrin, ode, suegbe, sodo, clownish, your brain must have been translocated by accident to your arse that many years of laziness sitting on your bum has Pafuka your medulla oblongata abi? Is it the accused that needs to prove his innocence or the accuser that needs to prove beyond all reasonable doubt with hands inside cookie jar who is guilty. By the way oponu oniranu, your Mumu DSS said they have put the place under surveillance , I wonder how they couldn’t produce even one pvc card to substantiate their looney tunes, useless riffraffs!

      • Godfrey Etokebe

        What do you think the Word ”DEFENCE” means?

    • Wähala

      It’s too early in the day to start displaying amazing and breath-taking stup*dity. Since when has it become the duty of the accused to prove his innocence? Read your first sentence again and realize how dumb you truly are. If you caught somebody “in the act of cloning PVC’s”…wouldn’t you parade and display the evidence to the prying cameras of the press… has the APC not challenged DSS to publish their proof to the world? Truly, you must be banned from thinking… you’re sickening!

      • Godfrey Etokebe

        The INVESTIGATION is ONGOING!! EVERY ACCUSED is ALWAYS given the CHANCE to PROVE HIS OR HER INNOCENCE. I SHALL NEVER denigrate my person to Your Level of INSOLENCE!!!

        • Wähala

          Didinrin. You have no level to descend to. You will soon see how many people agree with me. Oponu!

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            How SURPISE that I am!!! APC is FULL of People like.

          • Tonnero

            Never thought I would find someone that Goodluck Jonathan is smarter than. Guess wonders will truly never end.

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            How LUCKY and BLESSED that I am that the LEADER and PRESIDENT of my dearly beloved country is SMARTER than me. ONLY ANARCHIST such as APC dellude themsleves in thinking that they are smarter than PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN and every other WELL ADJUSTED NIGERIAN.

        • tundemash

          Cl0wn, is DSS a court of law where APC is needed to prove their innocence ?
          Why has DSS not sued APC to court or is the press trial in order to f00l ignoramus like you the right thing to do ?

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            DSS is still INVESTIGATING!!! They DSS wants to do a thorough job!!!

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            DSS is a LAW ENFORCEMENT ORGANIZATION. If APC cannot defend itself during investigation with satisfactory responses to the SUSPICIONS, then, DSS will have to do the DEMANDED by prosecuting APC after a thorough investigation.

        • Realnigerian

          There was NOT a single INEC symbol on the APC member’s registration card. Please do your research. Are you guys from stone age.

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            ”There was NOT a single INEC symbol on the APC member’s registration card.” Where did you get this information from since DSS has not yet displayed the PVCs that APC CLONED?

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            Have you seen the PVCs that APC CLONED that are in CUSTODY of DSS?

        • Tonnero

          You must be hard of hearing. You just repeated what Wahala corrected you on. It is not the job of the accused to prove his innocence. It is the job of the accuser to prove guilt. Do you want us to tell you that in your language before you understand?

    • Tonnero

      You are so stoopid. The burden of proof is not on the accused but on the accuser. This is so elementary that you should consider asking for your money back from whatever hole-in-the-wall school you went to. No wonder Akpabio is treating you people like conquered slaves. Your mental abilities are extremely limited.

      • Godfrey Etokebe

        FELA said ”YOU BE THEIF. I NO BE THEIF”
        Is this not a simple explaination of accusation and defence? I am begining to believe that AFGANISTAN EDUCATION coupled with APC IDEOLOGY IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY!!!
        By the way, the WHOLE WORLD knows that AKPABIO is the SILVER MEDALIST (AFTER OUR GOLDEN PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN) in NIGERIA’S TRANSFORMATION!!! KEEP ON LIVING in your ABJECT MENTAL POVERTY with YOUR AFGHANISTAN and APC BRED INSOLENCE!!!

  • King Carlos

    Until DSS or the government comes out to say otherwise, who am I not to listen to APC? The government should come out with evidence that PVC were being cloned in that building.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    The scoundrel is busy doing what he does best……tell lies !! The APC is a party built on lies,they lie to themselves,lie to Nigerians and lie to the world,it’s all about lies !!

    • Realnigerian

      Awa(n)da, I said I will not get involved in a banter with you. You should be ashamed of yourself. In this day and age, raiding an office based on false information, holding innocent citizens without charge for over a week and you don’t know what might happen is enough torture!

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Cloning voters registration cards is not particularly a democratic act either and disseminating lies against law enforcement for doing their duty is a most despicable act as well !!

        • Realnigerian

          Please show the evidence.

          I have to stop responding to you. I think you are 4 years old or maybe lower. Please tell me your real age I won’t tell Mummy.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            I guess that is the right thing to do when you run out of logic !

          • Realnigerian

            Show us the evidence. You have nothing to show.

            If you are not ashamed send me an email. My address is iamanimbecile@tawandaincommunicado.ng

        • Rommel

          Did you and Jonathan find any evidence of the cloning of the cards for which the APC office was raided by the DSS?

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Some known ethnic bigot and a nonentity internet stroller will continue to justify the unconstitutional act of impunity and harassment of APC-Lagos-office staff.Whether those idiotic ethnic-bigots like it or not Nigerians will definately vote for drastic change in 2015 as Nigeria can not continue to be mis-managed and looted endlessly by one ethnic/tribal/religion region.Enough of South-West-Yoruba-race marginalization!

    • Godfrey Etokebe

      What level of SELF CONTRADICTION!!!!!! You call others ETHNIC BIGOT and on the other hand you wrote ”Enough of South-West-Yoruba-race marginalization!”

      WHO IS THE ETHNIC BIGOT now?

      • Tonnero

        Bigotry is not about loving your ethnic group, religion or gender. It is about hating other ethnic groups etc.

        Full Definition of BIGOT. : a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance.

        Learn English a bit so your comments can make sense.

        • Godfrey Etokebe

          I LOVE your definition of the word BIGOT. It totally describes everything that APC and its members STAND FOR!!!! You definition of the word BIGOT clarifies the ENTANGLEMENT of APC with BOKO HARAM!!!