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Alleged Plot To Kill Former Naval Chief: DSS Denies Arresting Yahaya Bello’s Chief Of Staff



Kogi Edward Onoja

The Department of State Services, DSS has debunked news reports alleging the arrest of Chief Edward Onoja, the chief of staff to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

The DSS’ assertion was in the wake of wild news reports including a prominent national newspaper alluding to the arrest of Onoja who is widely held as the governor’s alter ego.

The alleged arrest of Onoja was said to have been in connection with an alleged plot to attack a former chief of naval staff, Vice Admiral Jibrin Usman, rtd.

Usman is being canvassed as an alternative by some concerned stakeholders in the All Progressives Congress, APC as a replacement for Governor Bello in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

Bello has been bogged down by criticisms of poor performance and inability to pay salaries of civil servants running into months.

Dismissing the claims of the arrest of Onoja, the DSS in a statement issued by its spokesman, PN Afunanya, said:

“The said news (relating to the arrest of Onoja) is fake and misleading and should be disregarded as the DSS never carried out such operation. 

“The Service recognizes that the media is a strategic partner in nation building and hopes that cordiality and mutual respectability​ are maintained in the relationship between them.

“In this vein, it wishes to advise that stories are verified or authenticated before their publication. 

“It, however, warns that persons or organizations that falsely use the name of the Service will be liable to prosecution.

“The DSS will, no doubt, continue to collaborate with all well-meaning stakeholders to ensure that peace and order are maintained, not only in Kogi State but every part of the country.”

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