The ‘operatives of the State Security Service, ‘SSS’, have allegedly threatened to kill the informant who exposed how the agency detained a Nigerian citizen, Abdullahi Ahmadu, since 2013 without access to the court or family members, PRNigeria has reported.
It was reported last week reported that one Afiz Jamiu, who met Mr Ahmadu while in SSS custody between April 16 to May 10, 2019, deposed to an affidavit testifying that the victim has been detained by the SSS for six years without trial, access to family and friends as well as adequate medical attention.
However, Mr Jamiu’s exposition did not go down well with the ‘operatives’, a phone conversation obtained by PRNigeria at the weekend revealed.
In an over four minutes telephone chat with Mr Jamiu’s wife, one could hear a caller who said he was an ‘operative of SSS’ threatening to deal with Jamiu for his indiscretion despite being a beneficiary of assistance from the Service in the past.
The caller told the panicky wife in Pidgin English that her husband’s “act of foolishness” did not gone unnoticed and should be prepared to face the consequences when SSS operatives come visiting.
According to the caller, Mr Jamiu and his family should prepare for “hellish experience until death.”
Here is the excerpt of the phone conversation:
‘SSS Operative’: I just say (sic) I should pass information to you that you and your children will feel the impact (of what is coming). As a matter of fact, from now till Christmas, in one of the months, there will be an operation to arrest your husband and any attempt he makes, there is an order to gun him down. Shey (sic) you went to newspaper and saw your husband’s name, right? He went and told them that the person that he was in cell with has been detained for six years. Read Sahara Reporters…, some newspapers carried it as well, that SSS detained a person since 2013. The report claimed that Hafiz Jamiu told them every thing they knew. So as he has decided to expose and put SSS for trouble, ‘so for him life completely na trouble him go enter for him life till he die. He don enter the real trouble (sic)’.
Woman: Heey oh my God!
‘SSS Operative’: First and foremost,…. secondly, he was just saying what he does not know about the ‘SSS’ and it has been published in newspapers. For this indiscretion, he is going to face the tune. All these while I have gone out of my way to help him out but now… if he survives what is coming then he should go and give thanks to God. So, whatever happens to your husband, you the wife will also bear the consequences. Let me tell you…as he was quoted in the newspapers saying that he was with Ahmadu from April to May, he has said everything he needs to say. However, he cannot escape the consequences of what he has done as the DSS Operatives will definitely come for him like a terrorist that he will not even have the opportunity to go to cell this time around. So he should continue saying what he does not know and this time around if he makes any attempt at the point of arrest, they (SSS) will shoot and kill him. ‘Your husband dey foolish…as I help him life reach (sic)’.
Woman: I am not aware of this and they warned him the very day they released him that he should shut up his mouth!
Responding to the alleged threat, the SSS Spokesman, Peter Afunanya, dismissed it as “fake news and unbelievable.”.
According to Mr Afunanya, the SSS is a responsible organisation that adheres strictly to the rule of law and standard operating procedures.
“Does this sound believable? That SSS operatives threatened to kill anyone is unfounded and such fake news and misinformation should be disregarded in its entirety. The SSS is a responsible organisation and adheres strictly to rules of law and engagement and democratic principles. It has Standard Operating Procedures on all its activities; internal and external,” he said.