By: Rahmatullah Mahmud

The Department of State Services (DSS) has described as ‘cheap and baseless gossip’ the story making the rounds that Mrs. Aisha Bichi, the wife of the Service’s Director General, Yusuf Bichi, ordered the arrest of Kano governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Abba Yusuf, and barred him from boarding a Max Air flight from Kano to Abuja on Sunday night’, adding that the story was the figment of the writer’s imagination.

In a response to the alleged assault, which was made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), the Public Relations Officer of the DSS, Mr. Peter Afunanya, said that such flippant allegation was unheard of in journalism, and does not worth the attention of a professional newspaper or journalist.

“This is a cheap and baseless gossip, not worth attention of a professional newspaper or journalist,” Afunanya said.

It would be recalled that some online platforms had reported that Mrs, Bichi ordered the arrest of the politician, stopping him from board his flight as well ordered the shooting of another person at the same time at the Aminu Kano International Airport.

Afunanya wondered why a journalist could concoct such a story, which he dismissed as gossip. He advised members of the fourth realm to verify and double check their stories before running to publish.

The image maker noted that a section of some unscrupulous elements have been trying to smear to image of the DG and the Service for the sake of filthy luckre, adding that the both the DG and the Service will remain focused, and will never allow the activities of enemies of the state to distract them from their constitutional responsibilities of providing requisite intelligence to enhance the security of the nation at all levels.

“Our friends in the media have a duty to verify and double check information before publishing in the interest of national security. This is cheap and baseless gossip. It is not worth the attention of a professional newspaper or journalist. The Director General, Yusuf Bichi, and the Service remain focused in the discharge of their constitutional duties and will not be distracted,” Afunanya concluded.

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