The Department of State Services (DSS) has debunked reports that a personnel of the service was part of the escaped inmates during the attack on Kuje Correctional Centre.
DIPLOMATIC DIARY had reported that suspected terrorists armed with high explosives, on Tuesday, attacked the Correctional Centre, freeingover 600 inmates including 64 detained members of the terror group.
DSS Public Relations Officer (PRO), Dr Peter Afunanya, in a press statement, Thursday in Abuja, said: “The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to an online Vanguard newspaper report of July 6, 2022, captioned: Kuje Prison Attack: One Suspect Reportedly Caught After Hot Chase by Gallant Officers.
“The said report alleged that one of the escaping inmates who “claimed to be a DSS personnel was apprehended by NCS operatives near Kwali after a chase.
“The report further stated that the so called DSS operative also claimed to be “carrying out a special mission in the forest.”
The spokepson further stated that, “The Service wishes to state that none of its personnel was involved in the escape episode.
“In fact, at the point of the attack on the prison, no DSS personnel was an inmate at the holding facility just as the claim of carrying out a special assignment was non-existent.
“The Vanguard report is not factual and therefore misleading. The public is advised to disregard it.”