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  • Updated: July 23, 2020

No DSS Official Assaulted Any FAAN Worker - DSS

Following the claim that an official of the Department of State Services (DSS) slapped a worker at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja, the department has responded saying that its official never slapped any worker.

The Federal Aiports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), in a tweet, had said that the head of the DSS at NAIA, Safiyanu Abba, had "deliberately obstructed airport security process and slapped an aviation security officer" conducting his duty.

The authority had tweeted, “We note with dismay that Safiyanu Abba, the head of DSS at NAIA, deliberately obstructed airport security process, and slapped an aviation security officer who was performing his duty."

Responding to the tweet, spokesman for the DSS, Peter Afunanya, said that no such thing took place, stating that "it has not been established that any FAAN staff was assaulted."

He added that officials of the DSS had been "well-mannered" and couldn't "have slapped or fought a worker of another agency."

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“The attention of the Department of State Services has been drawn to the official release by FAAN that its staff was assaulted by the DSS Head of Formation at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. FAAN also accused him of breaching security protocol at the Airport. So far, it has not been established that any FAAN staff was assaulted.

“DSS personnel are well-mannered and could not have slapped or fought a worker of another agency.

“The news, as reported by sections of the media, has left an impression that is not factual and should therefore be disregarded.

“For the record, no DSS staff fought or engaged in any acts prejudicial to discipline or inimical to public safety at the Airport under reference.

“In line with its statutory duties, the Service recognizes the Airports as one of the country’s most important assets and has remained at the forefront of protecting them and other critical ones. It takes their security seriously and cannot breach it,” he said.

“As a strategic partner, the Service holds FAAN and its staff in good esteem. Both agencies have, over time, enjoyed robust working relationship in the areas of training and exchange programmes. For these reasons, the DSS will not join issues with it.

“It is believed that there are other avenues than the social media to resolve any misunderstanding among staff of two agencies that have had long history of unity of purpose in the execution of their mandates.

“It should be noted that the Service and the DGSS place premium on effective interagency collaboration needed to achieve positive outcomes for good of the nation and citizens.”

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