The presidency has said that the Department of State Services as an independent agency, does not need the permission of President Muhammadu Buhari to do Its work whenever it needs to take action.
President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu said this in a statement in a reaction to the criticism of the president for the action of the officials of the DSS in storming a courtroom to rearrest the Convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore.
The statement noted that the activist’s actions ordinarily made him a person of interest.
It stated that the agency had kept in line with constitutional provisions, working within the borders of powers allocated to it.
Reacting to reports of the SaharaReporters Publisher’s re-arrest, the Presidency noted that no government would fold its arms and allow its country to be destabilized.
It attempted to clear the misconceptions as it stated that Sowore was no ordinary citizen exercising his rights and freedoms, but a former presidential candidate and convener of revolution protests against a democratically elected government.
“The DSS does not necessarily need the permission of the Presidency in all cases to carry out its essential responsibilities that are laid down in the Nigerian Constitution – which was the foundation for the restoration of democracy in our country in 1999.
“However, it should not surprise anyone who has followed his actions and words that Sowore is a person of interest to the DSS,” the statement said.