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Garki Market Shooting Victims Deserve Financial Support, Justice – DSS

The Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday said victims injured in the September 7 shooting incident in Abuja deserve financial support and justice.

DSS Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, stated this in a statement a week after officials of the service allegedly shot at a man in a market in the Garki 2 area of the nation’s capital.

He said the “Service believes that the victims deserve empathy, financial support, and justice”.

“While it is in regular contact with their families or guardians, it will continue to follow up on their recovery and progress. However, the DSS reassures the public that the victims are upbeat and responding well to treatment,” the statement read.

He explained that the Secret Service has constituted an in-house investigative team on the matter, adding that the two injured persons have been visited at the different hospitals where they are receiving treatment.

The agency also “committed to the payment of the medical bills and made required deposits in this regard. To show sincerity of purpose at the time of the visits, the Service expressed readiness to move them to its world-class medical facility in Abuja. It could have undertaken these actions even if its staff were not involved”.

See the full statement issued by the DSS spokesman below:

UPDATE ON THE GARKI MARKET, ABUJA, INCIDENT INVOLVING DSS STAFF

It would be recalled that the Department of State Services (DSS) had earlier issued a statement in respect of a 7th September, 2023 incident involving its Staff and some members of the public at Garki Market, Abuja. This is to further inform the public that the Service has constituted an in-house investigative team on the matter. While the inquiry is ongoing, the Service has visited the two injured persons at the different hospitals where they are receiving treatment. It committed to the payment of the medical bills and made required deposits in this regard. To show sincerity of purpose at the time of the visits, the Service expressed readiness to move them to its world class medical facility in Abuja. It could have undertaken these actions even if its staff were not involved.

Though these efforts are not, in any way, in admission of guilt (as investigation is yet to be concluded), the Service believes that the victims deserve empathy, financial support and justice. While it is in regular contact with their families or guardians, it will continue to follow up on their recovery and progress. However, the DSS reassures the public that the victims are upbeat and responding well to treatment.

The public may wish to note that the Service has not interfered with the investigation of the Police which is also detaining its Staff suspected to be involved in the incident. The Service’s position is not only to ensure justice for the victims, but it is in line with its avowed commitment to transparency, accountability and rule of law. Nevertheless, updates of this nature will always be made available till the matter is finally resolved.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D, fsi

Public Relations Officer

Department of State Services

National Headquarters

Abuja.

14th September, 2023

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