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BREAKING : Gunshots rock Garki market as DSS operatives, mob clash in Abuja

The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has commenced investigation over violent incident in Garki market, Abuja, involving its operatives and suspected mob on Thursday evening.


Abujapress reports that a video of the incident which surfaced on the internet showed traders scampering for safety after a loud sound of gunshot was heard.


The background voice of a lady who captured the video said, “Just look at what is happening…They shot that girl… See her, she is bleeding. Is that blood on her face… innocent person…,” she said as she captured the lady allegedly shot and escorted by two men to get help.


She continued, “How can you shoot in the market?” she asked as she captured traders running after a dark SUV leaving the scene of the incident.


But a statement issued by Public Relations Officer of DSS, Peter Afunanya, said the secret police responded to an SOS from their field operatives who allegedly came under a mob attack in the said market.


The statement reads : “The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to an incident that occurred a few hours ago (today, 7/9/2023) between its staff and a mob at the Garki Market, Abuja. Information at the disposal of the Service was that its FCT Command responded to an SOS from their field operatives who allegedly came under a mob attack in the said market.


Consequently, the Service has commenced an investigation into the matter. The public is assured that details of the inquiries will be communicated as soon as possible. The Service assures that it will not hesitate to mete out proper disciplinary measure(s) to its staff if found culpable or running foul of Standard Operating Procedures on dealing with a member of the public. “

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