The Department of State Services has defended the order handed over to its acting Director General, Mathew Seiyefa, by the Presidency to recall the officers he transferred out of the headquarters to other commands.
A statement issued by its Spokesman, Nnochirionye Afunanya, in Abuja on Tuesday, said that the service was bound to “carry out legitimate orders.”
Recall that the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, recently asked Seiyefa to return all those he transferred out of the headquarters to their duty posts.
Kyari was said to be unhappy that those said to be loyal to his office and those around him were sent to other beats, an action that was said to have infuriated him and his loyalists.
Seiyefa, who became the acting DG of the Service following the sacking of the erstwhile occupier of the office, Lawal Daura, had complied with Kyari’s order.
However, the statement by Afunanya said, the Service, as an institution of the government, will continue to carry out legitimate orders; support democratic institutions; respect the rule of law and protect the citizens in line with global practices and standard operations procedures in intelligence gathering and law enforcement. Copyright PUNCH.