- Garba Shehu, had on Tuesday, announced that Afaka died “after a prolonged illness
The Department of State Services has denied torturing Sai’du Afaka, the President’s official driver, to death
This is in reaction to a report by an online news medium, Saharareporters, that it tortured the deceased to death, a report the agency described as misleading.
Saharareporters had reported that Afaka misled President Muhammadu Buhari into approving a multi-million naira contract which was later discovered by the DSS.
It further said the service arrested Afaka, tortured and subsequently dumped him at the State House Clinic where he died.
In a swift reaction, DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, in a statement late Wednesday, titled, ‘President’s official driver not detained or tortured by DSS,’ said the agency did not engage in torturing of suspects and asked the public to “disregard the fake news spewed by the online platform.”
It stated: “While the said driver was never arrested or detained by the Service, it is a known fact that it does not torture suspects. Its suspect handling method is usually in compliance with the tenets of criminal justice administration system and democracy.”
Recall that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, had on Tuesday, announced that Afaka died “after a prolonged illness.”
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