SSS denies dispersing medical doctors at recruitment center


The State Security Service (SSS) has denied invading a recruitment center in Abuja to disperse doctors aiming to leave the country for employment in Saudi Arabia.

Media reports said operatives of the country’s secret police on Thursday stormed Sheraton Hotels, shooting into the air and chased away the medical practitioners who were attending a job interview organised by officials of the foreign country.

But a statement by Peter Afunanya, spokesman of the self-styled Department of State Services (DSS) distanced the agency from the raid.

Mr Afunanya described the report as falsehood meant to embarrass his organization on Friday morning because there is no evidence to back up the claim.

“The attention of the Department of State Services has once again been drawn to a falsehood being circulated in the media that it dispersed doctors attending a Saudi Arabia organised job interview at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, yesterday 26th August, 2021,” he said.

“Though this is illogical and does not add up, sections of the media that reported it did not care to verify the news before going to print. No further evidence was also adduced to prove that the DSS carried out such operation at the hotel. It is obvious that the news is only designed to embarrass the Organisation.

“Journalists and other media practitioners are enjoined to crosscheck their facts and ensure that they do not use their platforms to mislead the public or undermine national security,” he admonished.