Nigeria – Over five Department State Services, DSS, personnel during the week descended heavily on the Chief Press Secretary, CPS, to the State Governor, Dr. Ibraheem Dooba, beating him to stupor within the premises of the Government House.
On Tuesday, the CPS was said to have gone to the office of the Deputy Governor with some visitors for an official engagement but was prevented from gaining entry into the office by some DSS officers attached to the Deputy Governor’s office.
Reports said there was a hot argument between the DSS officer and the policewoman, both on duty, over who between them was duly authorised to allow visitors into the Government House.
Despite explanations by the governor’s spokesman that the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Ketso, sent for him through the protocol officer from his office, the security officers bluntly refused him entry into the office and this led to a hot argument.
Infuriated, the Chief Press Secretary reportedly slapped the security man and left straight for his office without seeing the Deputy Governor.
The DSS man was said to have later mobilized his colleagues and stormed the Office of the CPS. They reportedly told him the Chief Security Officer to the Government House, Ibrahim Gambari, wanted to see him for settlement and he obliged.
But on their way to the CSO’s office, five of the DSS officers were said to have descended heavily on the CPS, kicking and hitting him all over; they tore his clothes which bore blood stains from the injuries they inflicted on him.
They insisted that he must be dragged to their state office to face other punishments, but other Government House staff quickly intervened to save the situation from degenerating into full blown chaos.
The situation also attracted the attention of the ADC to the state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, in person of Isah Murtala Raji, who arrived the scene and prevented DSS officers from taking the CPS to their office.
The CPS was immediately immediately taken out of the Government House for medical check-up and did not report back to office again for the day.
Vanguard Metro reliably gathered that few hours to the sad event, a similar scenario also unfolded at the main gate of the Government House where another DSS operative had slapped a female police officer on duty.