Department of State Services (DSS) has commenced probe of its officials, who opened fire on traders of the popular Garki market in Abuja. It had earlier issued a statement in respect of the incident, condemning the actions of its operatives on September 7, 2023.
DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, said: “This is to further inform the public that the service has constituted an in-house investigative team on the matter. While the inquiry is ongoing, the service has visited the two injured persons at the different hospitals where they are receiving treatment.
“It committed to the payment of the medical bills and made the required deposits in this regard. To show sincerity of purpose at the time of the visits, the service expressed readiness to move them to its world-class medical facility in Abuja.”
Afunanya disclosed that the secret police could also have undertaken the actions, even if its staff were not involved. He added: “Though these efforts are not, in any way, in admission of guilt (as investigation is yet to be concluded), the service believes the victims deserve empathy, financial support and justice.
“While it is in regular contact with their families or guardians, it will continue to follow up on their recovery and progress. However, the DSS reassures the public that the victims are upbeat and responding well to treatment.”
“The public may wish to note that the service has not interfered with investigation of the police, which is also detaining its staff suspected to be involved in the incident. The service’s position is not only to ensure justice for the victims, but it is in line with its avowed commitment to transparency, accountability and rule of law. Nevertheless, updates of this nature will always be made available till the matter is finally resolved.”