We are not involved in Anambra Christmas Day shooting – DSS

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The Department of State Services (DSS) said a member of a vigilante group is suspected to have shot a native of Alor Community in Anambra State on Christmas Day while targeting an errant cow contrary to media reports that it was an operative of the DSS.

A statement by the Public Relations Officer, DSS National Headquarters, Abuja, Peter Afunanya, the Service is professional and will remain so in the discharge of its duties.

It read, “The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to a false story making the round that its staff, on 25th December, 2019, at Alor Community, Anambra State ‘while targeting a cow that was running away’, shot a native instead…It is not true that a DSS personnel was responsible for this act.

“The Police have further issued a statement informing the public that it was yet to conclude its investigation to determine the actual killer of the person in question. However, enquiries have indicated that a member of a vigilante group in the area carried out the shooting.

“The public is therefore urged to discountenance the story that the DSS personnel shot anyone in the community. Arms handling in the Service are guided by strict control procedures and measures such that none of its staff could have used his/her assigned gun to shoot an innocent native or escaping cow. The Service is professional and will remain so in the discharge of its duties. It is committed to the maintenance of peace and public safety across the country during and after the yuletide season.”

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