The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in Kano State on Wednesday accused the Department of Security Services (DSS) of raiding its campaign offices in the state.
The Chairman of NNPP in Kano, Haruna Doguwa while addressing newsmen alleged that DSS raided the offices of the directors of Support Groups and that of the director of Youth Mobilization.
He said, “We are horrified to note that the men of the DSS were brazenly bringing weapons from their vehicles and putting them in the offices of our directors. This was done in the presence of our campaign staff, who also recorded the incident on video. We have pictures and video evidence of this flagrant setup.
“We write to draw the attention of the Director General of the DSS to call his Command in Kano to order.”
He urged the secret police to desist from “intimidating, harassing and framing their members.”
Doguwa also accused the Kano director of the DSS of being in cahoots with the state government.
He insisted that the director ought to have retired last year but was kept through the interference of the state government to serve its interest.
The spokesman of the DSS, Peter Afunanya while reacting to the allegations in a chat with Daily Trust said it has been neutral in carrying out its duties and it has offered all political parties equal opportunities.
He further stated that they are only retrieving dangerous weapons from the campaign offices of some politicians.
Afunanya said, “The property was searched with a warrant. This is not a true account of what happened. The DSS in Kano didn’t intimidate any political party in that state.
“The Service is neutral and has offered all the parties equal opportunities to carry out their activities. It however, carried out a legal security operation and valid search on a suspected property and recovered dangerous weapons including a gun, swords, daggers, and jackknives, among others. The Service is committed to a violent free environment before and after the elections.”