SSS: We are not in court against INEC Chairman

The State Security Service (SSS) has denied taking Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu to court.

The SSS, in a statement signed by its spokesman, Dr Peter Afunnaya, on Friday, dismissed an online publication that claimed a court had stopped it from arresting INEC chairman.

The agency reassured Nigerians and the international community of its commitment to upholding law and order and conducting free and fair elections this year, as President Muhammadu Buhari promised.

The State Security Service (SSS) has denied taking Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu to court.

The SSS, in a statement signed by its spokesman, Dr Peter Afunnaya, on Friday, dismissed an online publication that claimed a court had stopped it from arresting INEC chairman.

The agency reassured Nigerians and the international community of its commitment to upholding law and order and conducting free and fair elections this year, as President Muhammadu Buhari promised.

The statement partly reads: “It is against this backdrop that the service pointed out its disapproval to the editorial authorities of the newspaper. The outfit, which argued that what was reported in its online version was different from the hard copy, promised to address the concerns raised but did not.

“This statement, however, becomes important to guide public understanding and perception, especially that the said report is misleading. It falsely left an impression that the service went to court against the INEC chairman.

“The service is aware of the antics of some mischievous elements who are desirous of fomenting the crisis in the country, including creating unnecessary controversies around the forthcoming general election.

“One of their strategies is to subvert the efforts of the service in ensuring peaceful coexistence and harmony.

Another is a determination to overheat the polity and subtly exploit the judiciary to distract or even undermine not only the service but other security and law enforcement agencies from undertaking their constitutional roles.”

 

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