DSS to investigate claims of its operatives begging at Lagos airport

The Department of State Services (DSS) has said it would be investigating allegations of unprofessional conduct by its operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos State.

The probe came after an Abuja-based human rights lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, alleged that operatives of the agency beg passengers at the airport for money.

He wrote on Facebook; 

“It is actually an embarrassment to the entire nation to have DSS officers vetting people coming into the country at the Lagos airport begging for money.

“One can forgive Immigration and Custom officers because this is simply customary but that a very important agency like the DSS is shocking.”

Reacting to the claim in a statement on Tuesday night November 8, DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya said; 

“The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to the allegation by one Pelumi Olajengbesi that the Service’s personnel at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, engage in unprofessional conduct of sorts.

“Consequently, the Service has launched a full investigation into the matter. It further invites Olajengbesi and indeed any member of the public with an evidence in this regard to come forward to the Service with such for appropriate action(s).”

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