Peter Afunanya, the spokesperson for the Department of State Security (DSS) says ‘disgruntled elements’ are out to discredit its director-general Yusuf Bichi, following an altercation between Bichi’s wife Aisha and Abba Yussuf, the governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party at the Kano airport.
Report has that Aisha ordered the beating of Yussuf’s aide for daring to record the incident on his mobile phone. She is also said to have insisted that Yussuf and his entourage would not board the same aircraft with her.
But Afunanya sidestepped the incident. Instead, he accused unnamed persons of
“waging war against the service’s uncompromising stance on some critical governance and policy issues”.
He said, “Those behind the plot have engaged Civil Society and Non-Governmental Organisations to not only sustain but stage further rallies, road shows and press conferences and use the occasions to discredit Bichi,” the statement read.
“Also, sections of the media have been briefed to implement the strategy through sponsored articles, commentaries and features to malign the DG, his family and select officials of the Service.”
“The service is monitoring developments and will allow the plotters to either exhaust themselves or rescind the plan of action. Otherwise, no intimidation, harassment or blackmail will deter it from discharging its duties.