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DSS Uses Torture To Obtain Forced Confessions From Arrested APC Data Centre Workers – APC



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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, Alhaji 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



”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

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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



”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



”What more shock can come from an institution of state that has now

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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



Alhaji Lai Mohammed

National Publicity Secretary

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