The Department of State Services has dismissed a report that it tortured Sai’du Afaka, the President’s official driver, to death
The DSS in a statement by its spokesperson, Dr Peter Afunnaya, described the report as misleading.
An online medium, Sahara Reporters, had reported that Afaka was tortured to death after he reportedly tricked President Muhammadu Buhari to sign a fake contract document which earned him millions of naira.
The medium said the late driver sustained injuries while being tortured and was dumped at the State House Clinic where he died.
Reacting to the report, the DSS said it did not engage in torturing of suspects and asked the public to “disregard the fake news spewed by the online platform.”
It stated, “While the said driver was never arrested or detained by the Service, it is a known fact that it does not torture suspects. Its suspect handling method is usually in compliance with the tenets of criminal justice administration system and democracy.”
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, had on Tuesday, announced that Afaka died “after a prolonged illness.”