The Department of State Services (DSS) has dissociated itself from a recent publication of the Authority Newspaper which claimed that the Chairman of the Presidential Election Tribunal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, was purportedly indicted for bribery and corruption by a certain secret memo of the Service.
Consequently, the DSS categorically states that the said memo only exists in the imagination of the writers and should be roundly disregarded by the reading public.
A statement by Department of State Services, Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya issued on Saturday said the Newspaper followed unethical ways to publish this falsehood.
According to the statement, ‘’ It is rather curious and indeed condemnable that the Newspaper did not reach out to the Service for its comments as would have been expected in a reportage of this nature.’’
It said the Service has, nonetheless, launched a detailed investigation into the controversies surrounding the said newspaper publication.
The DSS said that it wished to be left out of the maneuvers of politicians who are hereby advised to abide by the rule of law and respect the entire process of electoral litigations regarding the activities of the tribunal.
The Service in the statement, cautioned mischief makers, intent on causing disaffection in the polity, to desist from such acts as the full weight of the law will be visited on defaulters.
It said it remains unwavering in providing the enabling environment for the pursuit of legitimate aspirations by well-meaning and law-abiding members of the populace.