DSS probes operatives begging international travellers for money

The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has launched a probe into the allegation that its operatives beg international travellers for money at the airport.

“The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to the allegation by one Pelumi Olajengbesi that the Service’s personnel at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, engage in unprofessional conduct of sorts.

“Consequently, the Service has launched a full investigation into the matter. It further invites Olajengbesi and indeed any member of the public with an evidence in this regard to come forward to the Service with such for appropriate action(s),” said a statement by Peter Afunaya, the DSS spokesperson.

Afunaya said this in his reaction to the allegation by a lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, who wrote on the incident in Facebook post.

“It is actually an embarrassment to the entire nation to have DSS officers vetting people coming into the country at the Lagos airport begging for money.

“One can forgive Immigration and Custom officers because this is simply customary but that a very important agency like the DSS is shocking,” Olajegbesi stated.

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