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Lawyer Sues SSS over Name Change to DSS

Lawyer Sues SSS over Name Change to DSS

A Lagos-based lawyer, Tope Alabi, has asked a Federal High Court in Lagos to ban the State Security Service (SSS) from being addressed or addressing itself as ‘Department of State Service (DSS)’ without an amendment of the law.

Alabi also prayed the court to declare that the DSS is not an agency established under any law in Nigeria.

He made the prayers in his August 23, 2021 suit numbered FHC/L/CS/1071/21, with the State Security Service (SSS) and Attorney-General of the Federation as first and second respondents.

He also sought a declaration that the authorised operations of the SSS neither involve arrest and detention of Nigerians without a court order nor involve arrest or extrajudicial killing of a person accused of a crime without a trial and conviction by a court.

Alabi, in his August 24 affidavit in support of the suit referenced the October 8, 2016, SSS invasion of judges’ homes, August 2, 2019 invasion of Omoyele Sowore’s home and that of the July 2021 raid on the home of Sunday Igboho, during which 12 persons were arrested.

The defendants were yet to file a response and no date has been fixed for hearing of the suit.

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