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DSS denies claims of torturing Buhari’s driver to death

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied torturing or detaining President Muhammadu Buhari’s driver, Sai’du Afaka to death.

Afaka, the official driver of President Buhari, was said to have died after a prolonged illness.

However, in a statement issued by the DSS on Thursday, April 8, its spokesman, Dr Peter Afunanya, dismissed a media report suggesting that the late driver was arrested.

The secret police said it did not engage in torturing of suspects and asked the public to “disregard the fake news spewed by the online platform.”

“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,” he said.

“It may be recalled that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, had on 6th April 2021 announced the passing of Afaka after a prolonged illness as well as the condolences of the President to his family. The public should, therefore, disregard the fake news spewed by the online platform.”

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has suspended its earlier plans for a three-day warning strike over alleged plans by the Kano State government to revert to N18,000 minimum wage.

The strike was scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 8.

The suspension was announced by the National Deputy President of the Union, Mr Najeem Yasin while briefing newsmen on Thursday in Kano.

The NLC recalled that the State government had deducted the workers’ March salary.

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According to him, the decision to suspend the strike and peaceful protest followed the agreement reached; between the Kano State Government and the organised labour on Wednesday.

“The meeting was convened at the instance of Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje with the representatives of the National President of the NLC, Mr Ayuba Wabba and other labour officials.

“The state government revealed that it has no intention to go back to payment of the old N18,000 minimum wage as speculated; and reiterated its position to respect the agreement of N30,600 signed between the two parties in December 2019.

 

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