The Acting Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mathew Seiyefa, has assured Nigerians that the service will continue to protect the nation’s interest at all times.
Seiyefa gave the assurance on Thursday at an interactive session with reporters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The Acting DSS Boss, Matthew Seiyefa said the peace and security of Nigeria is paramount in his scheme of things, a situation he said will not be compromised. He said it is a collective responsibility of protecting Nigerians within the law and sued for the co-operation of Nigerians in this regard.
He promised that the service, under his watch, would respect and uphold the legitimate rights of all Nigerians without promoting the individual rights of any person above the interest of the country.
The DSS Acting DG noted that the service was ready to partner with all stakeholders to contain all forms of national threats in the country.
He warned that while the DSS would ensure its best to protect the rights of the citizens, it would not tolerate the abuse of freedom of speech by any person.
Seyeifa said the service would also protect its constitutional mandate as it reviews the issues which portray the DSS in a bad light. According to him, some of the issues that are of concern include the alleged detention and trial of criminal suspects in the country.
Mr Seyeifa was appointed as Acting DSS DG on Tuesday by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo who sacked the former chief spy on the nation, Mr Lawal Daura.
Daura’s appointment was terminated following the blockade of the National Assembly complex in Abuja by DSS operative, preventing lawmakers and others from entering the premises.
Reported by Amenze Obarisiagbon.