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When a feud between law enforcement agencies occurs, it often results in an open investigation. This was the case following the incident between the Department of State Services (DSS) and personnel of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS), which occurred at the Federal High Court in Lagos on July 25th 2023. On that day, DSS operatives got physical with the prison officers over custody of Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
In a statement issued on July 26th, DSS spokesperson Peter Afunanya explained that the incident was “unfortunate and does not in any way reflect the professional disposition of the DSS.” He clarified that they “did not and would never encourage the incident,” and have “tremendous respect for the judiciary” and maintain “robust working relationships with sister security and law enforcement agencies.” He said the DSS had launched an investigation to “identify the role played by specific persons” and determine if there were any lessons to be learned from the incident. The DSS also addressed conspiracies about them supposedly breaking the law, and encouraged citizens to help support them in achieving the nation’s security goals.
This investigation is a great example of how law enforcement agencies take responsibility for their actions. It’s important that they maintain a “professional, ethical, and disciplined” approach in dealing with these matters. It’s equally important for all of us to be diligent in supporting them in their mission to keep us safe, and in respecting the rule of law