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Fayose 'APC plotting to take Ekiti, Rivers, Bayelsa from PDP,' Governor alleges

He said one million armed men of the SSS cannot intimate him and the people of the state, noting that the agency is now operating outside its constitutional mandate.

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Ekiti state Governor, Ayodele Fayose. play

Ekiti state Governor, Ayodele Fayose.

(The Cable)

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has indicated plan to eject operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) from the Government House and other establishments in the state  following the alleged invasion of the state House of Assembly last Friday.

He said one million armed men of the SSS cannot intimate him and the people of the state, noting that the agency is now operating outside its constitutional mandate.

Fayose stated this in statement signed by his spokesman, Lere Olayinka.

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“The government of Ekiti State may have to reconsider the usefulness of men of the DSS in the government house and other institutions of the State government,” Fayose said.

He accused the All Progressives Congress and the Federal Government of plotting to truncating democracy in Ekiti State and other states controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party, like Rivers and Bayelsa.

“If Buhari likes, let him relocate all DSS men in Nigeria with the entire ammunition in their armoury to Ekiti, the will of Ekiti people can never be broken,” he said.

“They will only try, and like they have always done, they will fail because dictatorship has never triumphed over the people.

“Even Buhari’s dictatorship between 1984 and 1985 ended one day and Nigerians will also outlive his present dictatorship.”

Fayose said the Lawal Daura-led SSS has deviated from its primary assignment, which according to the Security Agencies Act Cap. N74 LFN, 2004, is to provide intelligence for the protection of the internal security of Nigeria.

He: “Instead of assisting the police, military and other security agencies with classified matters, we now have a DSS that is running after perceived opponents of the president, arresting goat and fowl thieves as well as husbands who assaulted their wives.

“If the DSS was alive to its responsibilities, we won’t be having Boko Haram insurgents killing Nigerians, all these kidnappings and Fulani herdsmen killings, raping and destroying farmlands in the South-West, South-East and North-Central zones in the country would have been nipped in the bud.

“It is obvious that democracy in Nigeria is becoming unsafe in the hands of Buhari and his APC and those keeping silent now because of politics may also end up in the belly of this roaring lion that is threatening to consume our democracy.

“Therefore, Nigerians and the international community should take special notice of the use of the DSS and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to muscle opposition.

“As for me, I wish to say once again that I am not among those Nigerians that are afraid of harassment by any agency of the federal government.

Fayose said he will not stop being vocal about  issues bordering on governance in Nigeria, adding that he cannot be intimated into silence.

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