El-Zakzaky wanted to relocate to another country from India, Says FG

ABUJA – The federal government says the mission of Ibraheem el-Zakzaky, leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), in India was to seek asylum in another country. In a statement on Friday, Grace Gekpe, permanent secretary, ministry of information, said while in India, IMN leader reached out to international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and some lawyers. El-Zakzaky returned to the country on Friday without being treated. The IMN leader departed country on Monday after a high court gave him permission to go for treatment. However, 24 hours after he landed there, El-Zakzaky raised the alarm that the federal government was frustarting him. But the permanent secretary said El-Zakzaky’s actions in India [Read]

Drama in Airport As DSS Officers Whisk Away El-Zakzaky On Return To Abuja

ABUJA – Shiites leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, was on Friday wisked away through the “back-door” on arrival to the country. He arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 11:40am. but operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) tricked journalists and some of his supporters by positioning them at the arrival lounge, while taking him through an alternative route out of the airport. El-Zakzaky returned to the country without getting medical attention in India. [Read]

Sowore Files 19-Ground Application Against Detention Verdict

Activist and convener of RevolutionNowmovement, Omoyele Sowore, has applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja to set aside its order permitting the Department of State Services to detain him for 45 days. Sowore, through his lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, contended, among others in the 19-ground application on Friday that the order issued by the court breached his constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights [READ ALSO] Court Gives DSS Go Ahead To Detain Sowore For 45 days He said the court order is “legalising the illegality” of his detention for about four days prior to the issuance of the court order on Thursday. Filed along with his application on Friday was an affidavit [Read]

BREAKING: Court Gives DSS Go Ahead To Detain Sowore For 45 Days

ABUJA – Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that a Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday granted the Department of State Service (DSS) an application to detain the convener of #RevolutionNow Protest, Omoyele Sowore in their custody for 45 days. The DSS had earlier asked the court for permission to detain Sowore for 90 days, with the court fixing Thursday to rule on the application. However, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, in his ruling on Thursday agreed to grant the DSS application, but only for 45 days to detain Sowore. According to the judge, the 45 days would start counting from today. Operatives of the DSS, [Read]

BREAKING: Judge Denies FG’s Request To Detain Sowore For 90 Days

A Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, has denied the request of the Federal Government for an ex-parte order to keep convener of RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, for at least 90 days. The human rights crusader was picked up in a Lagos hotel in the early hours of Saturday by operatives of the Department of State Services and has been kept in custody ever since despite growing calls for his immediate release. The President Muhammadu Buhari administration had accused Sowore of committing a treasonable act for calling on Nigerians to pour out on the streets on August 5, 2019 to protest against his government’s failure to improve the living [Read]

JUST IN: DSS Obeys Court Ruling, Releases El-Zakzaky, Wife For Medical Treatment

Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that the Department of State Services (DSS) has announced that it has received the order granting Ibrahim El-Zakzaky leave to travel to India for medical treatment and ready to release him. Statement by Dr. Peter Afunanya, DSS Public Relations Officer, on Monday stated that “Consequently, the Service is liaising with relevant stakeholders to ensure compliance. [READ ALSO] Court grants El-Zakzaky bail to seek medical attention abroad Conformity with the order is in line with the Service’s avowed commitment to the Rule of Law inherent in a democracy.” More details later… [Read]

SOWORE’S ARREST: Buhari’s Govt Acting Like Abacha’s – Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has condemned the arrest of activist Omoyele Sowore. Mr Sowore, a presidential candidate in the last election, was arrested on Saturday for calling for a revolution against poor governance. “Beyond the word ‘revolution, another much mis-used and misunderstood word, nothing that Sowore has uttered, written, or advocated suggests that he is embarking on, or urging the public to engage in a forceful overthrow of government,” Mr Soyinka said. He compared the actions of the security agencies that arrested Mr Sowore to what happended during the tenure of the late dictator, Sani Abacha. “We underwent identical cynical contrivances under the late, unlamented Sani Abacha, when he sent [Read]

Atiku, Ezekwesili, SERAP, Fani Kayode, Others Condemn Sowore’s Arrest, Seek Unconditional Release

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and other Nigerians have condemned the arrest of Mr Omoyele Sowore. Some of the prominent citizens took to Twitter on Saturday to call for Sowore’s release hours after he was reportedly picked up by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS). In a post, the former vice president described the arrest as “kidnapping in the guise”, stressing that freedom of speech was part of the nation’s democracy. [READ ALSO] How Heavily Armed DSS Operatives Arrested Sowore – Witness For the Socio-Economic Right And Accountability Project (SERAP), Sowore’s unconditional release would be “first step to stop Nigeria’s precipitous human rights slide”. On his part, a civil [Read]

How Heavily Armed DSS Operatives Arrested Sowore – Witness

A witness has narrated how operatives of Nigeria’s secret police, the SSS, arrested Omoyele Sowore, a Nigerian newspaper publisher and activist. Mr Sowore was arrested in Lagos at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, according to a terse message on his Twitter handle. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that the arrest comes barely two days before a planned nationwide protest to demand a revolution in Nigeria, where citizens have long expressed frustration amidst acute insecurity and worsening poverty. [READ ALSO] BREAKING: DSS arrests Omoyele Sowore [SEE REASONS HERE] Mr Sowore had teamed up with a network of other pro-democracy activists across the country to spur citizens into a national procession of rage across 21 [Read]

BREAKING: DSS arrests Omoyele Sowore [SEE REASONS HERE]

Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that the Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 2019 presidential election, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, has been arrested by the operatives of the Department of State Services. Sowore human rights activist and founder of online news agency Sahara Reporters was arrested Saturday morning at his home. Sowore posted a distress tweet at exactly 1:25am which says “DSS invades Sowore’s”. His arrest by the DSS could be as a result of his plans to mobilised people in Lagos and many parts of the country for a revolution protest tagged ‘Days of Rage’ to demand a better Nigeria. [Read]

BOOM! DSS to begin crackdown on anti-govt social media users [READ MORE]

The State Security Service on Wednesday announced a nationwide crackdown on individuals allegedly caught posting inciting materials on the Internet, in a move that could provoke fresh debates about the potency of Nigerian Constitution’s free speech safeguards. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that the SSS said it had recently observed that some social media users were skewing Nigeria’s history to promote ethnic violence and tip the nation into crisis, a development it said must be urgently reversed through state interference. The secret police’s spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, said in a statement to PREMIUM TIMES that some “unpatriotic” Nigerians have been using social media platforms to make “unguarded public statements and/or use the [Read]

APC drags Atiku, PDP to police, DSS over INEC server hacking, ‘You’re jittery’, PDP fires back

The Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress President-elect has formally lodged a complaint against the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate for criminally hacking into the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission. The complaint lodged in a letter today to the Acting Inspector General of Police and the Director General of the Department of State Services, followed the citing of alleged election results contained in the server in the petition filed by Abubakar Atiku and the PDP against the election of President Buhari. Atiku claimed he was the winner of the election and that he got 1.6million more votes than President Buhari. The complaint signed by [Read]

After two rounds of DSS interrogation Oshiomhole jets off to USA

  National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole suddenly left the country early morning yesterday in the midst of the furore caused by his interrogation by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Sunday and Monday, NEWS FLAKES NG learnt from top party sources last night. Our source also learnt that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State secured bail for Oshiomhole from DSS after he underwent nine hours of interrogation on Sunday and for several hours again on Monday. The interrogation as gathered, was prompted by numerous petitions sent to DSS, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Presidency arising from APC’s primary elections, [Read]

Bribery Allegation: DSS ask APC National Chairman, Oshiomhole to resign – READ MORE

  NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that the Department of the State Service has advised the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole to resign over an allegation of Bribery. It was learned that some state governors of the APC filed petitions to the DSS, alleging Oshiomhole of taking bribes from some candidates during the recent party primaries. It was gathered that the operatives of the DSS arrested and grilled Oshiomhole for about nine hours on Sunday. However, Oshiomhole denied the allegation as he refused to resign, saying that President Muhammadu Buhari was in the know of every step he took during the primaries. Oshiomhole said that he would [Read]

Gunman Kills DSS Personnel, Shoots DPO in Cross River

  NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that the Cross River State Police Command has confirmed the killing of a personnel of the Directorate of State Service, DSS, Michael Orusede, who was stabbed in Obanliku Local Government Area of the state by a gunman suspected to be Cultist. The incident reportedly occurred when the DSS Personnel attempted to disarm a suspected gunman who was said to have been shooting sporadically at a public event earlier. The gunman after stabbing the DSS personnel also shot the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Obanliku Police Division, DSP Mike Okon at close range before escaping from the scene. An eyewitness, Denis Ogar, who described [Read]